SAINT-LAZARE (Quebec), Tuesday, January 30, 2018. – Saint-Lazare’s new municipal council adopted its first balanced budget, totaling $30 million dollars, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. This budget translated into a 1.13% rise for a house with an average value of $370,000 on a septic installation, representing an increase of $33.
Mandate given to elected officials
The adopted budget takes into account the priority expressed by elected officials during the last election: maintaining a low tax rate. To achieve this, Council reviewed and prioritize all expenses, and agreed to allocate $1,950,000 from the accumulated surplus as at December 31, 2017. Increased revenues stemming from the real estate boom has also contributed to reducing the tax rate.
To help cover the increase in expenses related to the maintenance of the water and sewer networks, Council has increased the water and sewer taxes. Properties serviced by the municipal aqueduct will see a $10 increase in their water tax and those serviced by the municipal sewer system, a $20 increase. A breakdown of the municipal taxes is provided in the table below.
Average home in Saint-Lazare
¹ Since 2018 is the last year of the 2016–2018 three-year valuation roll, the assessed values of properties have not changed.
2 The tax for the construction of the new Town Hall is included in the general property tax. For homes with an average value of $370,000, this represents an amount of approximately $42.55 or $0.0115/$100 of the assessed value, and 73% of the maximum loan amount authorized through Borrowing By-law No. 966. In 2019, property taxes for the new Town Hall should reflect 100% of the final cost of the loan. When taking the federal and provincial government’s funding for the community hall into consideration, the rate is estimated at $0.0139/$100 assessed, which represents an estimated annual amount of $53 for a residence valued at $370,000.
3 Home of average value without connection to the sewer (1.62% with connection for 2018).
N.B.: approximately 75% of homes have a septic system while 25% are connected to the sewer system.
Expenses out of the Town’s control
Every year, certain irreducible expenses have a major impact on the budget and the leeway for reducing property tax rates. This is the case for shares payable to the Sûreté du Québec, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC, as well as public transportation and adapted transport and The Montreal Metropolitan Community.
4 The ARTM now groups together the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) and the Conseil intermunicipal de transport (CIT) de la Presqu’île. The amount also includes adapted transport.
Key issues and new developments
In 2018, the Council will survey residents on the challenges that received the most attention during the 2017 election—notably, the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival, the roundabout (at the corner of Chemin Saint-Louis and Bédard Avenue) and the revitalization of downtown Saint-Lazare. As such, residents will be invited to share their opinions during the course of the year.
To make up for the fact that the Au Galop Festival will not be held this year, the Council will bonify the Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Canada Day celebrations.
In the fall of 2018, residents can expect to receive information on preparing for the food waste collection, slated to begin in early 2019. Several methods will be used to increase awareness and educate the public.
Detailed 2018 budget
Any and all documents related to the 2018 budget are available online at https://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/budget
Municipal taxes are payable in three instalments. Deadlines for payments are as follows:
- 1st instalment – Tuesday, March 20, 2018
- 2nd instalment – Tuesday, June 19, 2018
- 3rd instalment – Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tax bills will be issued on February 16, 2018.