2% tax increase and no rate increase
Last December 15, during a special session broadcast live on the City of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot’s FB page, Municipal Council approved the 2021 budget with a 2% tax increase and no rate increase for the various services provided (waste, recycling and food waste collection and water treatment). This increase matches the average annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase in Canada, and will allow the City to meet the ever-growing costs of municipal living.
Despite the unusual year, the real estate market has remained strong and revenues have held steady. However, the pandemic has required new expenses, and some events have had to be cancelled. “The pandemic has profoundly disrupted our lives and forced us to adapt. At the municipal level, the entire team has worked very hard to offer services and activities that respect the rules and our spending limits, so that we can take care of our fellow residents,” said Danie Deschênes, mayor of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot.
After careful planning, the expenses of the City’s various departments remain unchanged in the 2021 budget. “However, the city is facing increases in its contributions to the Sûreté du Québec and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM of 15% and 31%, respectively,” Ms. Deschênes explained. The City also has to budget funds for the municipal election in November 2021.
No rate increases have been budgeted despite the substantial increase in household waste landfill costs resulting from a government decision. To limit the impact of this increase on the City’s finances, Council hopes that residents of the municipality will keep up their efforts to reduce landfill waste by participating in the food waste, recycling and green waste collection program even more.
Despite this increase, residents of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot continue to enjoy the lowest tax rate of all the municipalities on Île-Perrot and one of the lowest in Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
Budget development outcomes
Our budget development efforts reveal that the City of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot is financially sound. Based on financial health indicators, including net charges and total net long-term debt per unit of assessment, the City’s position is highly enviable compared to other cities in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM or even in Quebec as a whole. One of the major reasons for this fortunate situation is Council’s strategy of creating dedicated funds for specific projects, such as municipal infrastructure and the fire station. These funds and reserves amount to more than $5 million. The budget development activity took account of the increased cost of living as well as regular and substantial increases in expenses beyond the City’s control, especially the RCM contribution, which has grown in part due to the costs of reviewing the assessment roll and organizing the 2021 municipal election. Bearing these circumstances in mind, Council must provide the funds needed to cover these expenses and maintain municipal infrastructures, keep up the level of service that residents have come to expect, and deliver projects of a structuring nature for the City of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot. For the average home valued at $365,000, the tax rate increase would raise the 2021 tax bill by $49.