Demerged cities demand revision of their additional $20 million contribution to Montreal’s Agglomeration

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by Rhonda Massad

The 15 suburban cities on the island of Montreal will be going back to the drawing board to rework their local budgets but not before demanding Montreal’s new Mayor,demanding Montreal’s new Mayor, Valerie Plante, reconsider her budget that will have municipalities digging deep for the increase that is more than 3 times the amount of inflation.

While residents of Montreal’s boroughs are increasing by an average of 3.3 per cent with some boroughs seeing a spike as high as 5.6 per cent, the 15 demerged cities are seeing an average increase of 5.3 per cent to their Montreal services.
The almost $21 million increase to last year’s close to $400 million contribution will be added to the tax bills of the 246,000 residents living in these 15 cities.

The city of Beaconsfield is looking at a $1 million, increase over last years $21 million contribution to Montreal services, while Westmount will be adding close to $3.5 million to their annual cheque to Montreal. Pointe Claire will be topping up their numbers by 6.3 per cent representing $3.6 million to their already hefty contribution of $62.5 million. Dollard des Ormeaux will be adding $2 million to their $41 million dollar expense.

“Westmount has delayed our budget in order to deal with the unexpected increase in Agglomeration costs from the City of Montreal,” said recently elected Mayor of Westmount Christina Smith. “A 6.7% increase without consultation is unacceptable and not one our citizens ever agreed to or voted for.”

According to Mayor of Montreal West, Beny Masella, while there are 14 Mayors of demerged municipalities there voting power only represents 14% of the vote leaving the Association of Suburban Municipalities little power to change things that impact their respective cities. Dorval and Dorval Island are represented by Dorval Mayor Edgar Rouleau.

Mayor Plante’s campaign promise of no tax hikes beyond the rate of inflation was once encouraging to Mayors like Beny Masella.

“The previous administration always did this, they forced the budget upon us without consultation,” Masella, the President of the ASM stated in an interview. “We had high hopes that there were going to be some changes and when you have hope, and they are crushed it is even worse.”

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  1. This untenable situation compliments of the P.Q who detests the West Island due to the overwhelming Anglophone population since then the demographics have changed and the Liberals who after opposition when ahead and pushed through the legislation. The Liberal’s seeing the harm it was doing to their brand later reversed their policy leaving us with higher costs to administer many de-merged cities. The City of Montreal sees us as cash cows. They want our tax dollars but they don’t want our opinion on how and where the money should be spent. The Montreal administration under various leaderships has squandered away much of the tax dollars coming from their tax base and now are on the hunt for more sources of tax revenues. It’s not enough gasoline taxes imposed by the city are much higher than off island and licensing fees are higher due to the public transportation contribution every motorist has to pay even though you may not use it for a variety of reasons they want more and more. Let’s face it, Montreal is a money pit with no relief in sight! They will continue to bleed us dry until our cities mirror that of mismanaged beast Montreal! Our return on our investment is dismal when it comes to services provided by the City Of Montreal. It has to stop and this proposed demonstration is a good start.

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