By Eva Tomlin
For the 15 demerged municipalities, last year’s additional taxation by the city of Montreal’s agglomeration council was a severe hit. While the increase was slated to be in line with inflation at 1.7%, many West Island cities were hit with an average jump of five percent.
The city of Pointe Claire’s increased hit was 6.3% or an additional $3,691,400 in transfer fees to the city of Montreal.
At the time, Executive Committee Chair Benoit Dorais noted that the increase was to pay for new collective agreement contracts for police officers and firefighters, more spending for public transportation as well as services to the water network.
For some West Island cities, more than half of all collected taxation revenues go to the agglomeration. In Sainte Anne-de-Bellevue, a little more than 48% or $8,681,342 out of the town’s $17,938,917 total for 2018 went downtown.
In Kirkland, 51% goes to the city of Montreal for a total of $29,550,000 out of a total 2018 budget of $58,557,000. For the city of Dorval, out of 2018’s operating budget of $128,095,008, $67,682,875 is sent to the city.
In Beaconsfield, last year’s budget was $44,000,601 with $21,427,564 of the bedroom community’s revenues helping to pay for metro and bus line services in the city of Montreal.
The borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro has already released its budget projections for 2019 with an operating budget of $31,512,500 as almost half of the borough’s funding, a total of $24,279,200 is deemed a transfer payment to the agglomeration; an increase of $1,398,800 over last year’s taxation year.
The city of Montreal released its 2019 budget in early November with a projected tax increase for the demerged municipalities to be two percent which is close in line to the rate of inflation.