No tax increase for residential property owners in Vaudreuil-Dorion
By John Jantak
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion announced a residential property tax freeze for 2021 intended to bring tax relief to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vaudreuil-Dorion council will not increase residential property taxes for 2021. The announcement was made during a special session of council on Monday evening, December 14 that also introduced the town’s operating budget for the new year and its triennial capital works program.
The city’s budget for 2021 amounts to $86,247,352 and was presented by Director General Olivier Van Neste and Assistant Director General and Treasurer Marco Pilon. The budget was prepared in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic which has forced the city’s numerous departments to adapt to various situations while keeping in mind that the coming months will be affected by the continued ups and downs related to the pandemic.
“Despite several issues that needed to be taken into consideration when preparing the 2021 budget with regard to both revenues and expenses, we managed to present a responsible budget while maintaining quality services and keeping tax levels reasonable,” said Marco Pilon.
Easing the financial burden
For Mayor Guy Pilon, the 2021 budget manages to ease the tax and financial burden being felt by both residents and businesses alike.
“The past few months have been extremely stressful for elected officials, city workers, and citizens alike. Our constant concern has been to preserve the city’s financial health while continuing to provide quality services to our citizens. I am proud to say we have succeeded. Our goal is to help citizens and businesses while also maintaining services,” said the mayor.
The city was able to limit tax increase thanks to money from the provincial government’s COVID relief fund to 1.5 per cent but the owners of residential buildings with five units or less will see their tax bills reduced by the same percentage. “This cancels the residential tax increase for 2021,” said Pilon.
Special relief fund for businesses
Businesses in the city will have access to an assistance fund that is being set up with the local business development organization, DEV Vaudreuil-Soulanges. “Both the tax reduction and assistance fund will be financed using the money provided by the Government of Quebec to support the city in these difficult times. I thank the directors for the excellent work they have done in evaluating expenses," said Pilon.
The city is working with its businesses and industries and will provide financial aid in terms of loans. “We have a program just for them to help get them through the pandemic. Many businesses have been affected such as restaurants and hotels,” Pilon told The Journal.
Direct financial assistance to help small businesses is a better alternative than reducing the business property tax rate because many entrepreneurs do not own the buildings they operate from, said Pilon. “This way it will go directly to the business owners,” he added.
The mayor also delivered a holiday message of hope to all the residents of Vaudreuil-Dorion. “I hope everybody will be safe during the holidays. Even for me, I will not be able to see my grandchildren. I hope everyone takes all the necessary precautions,” he said.
Complete details of the 2021 budget are available on the city website at