- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, December 12, 2018 – In 2019, despite a sizeable 5.4% rise in the aliquot share paid to the Urban Agglomeration of Montréal, the property tax increase for an average single-family home in the garden city will be only 1.76%. Reaping the benefits of past decisions and ongoing financial discipline, the Town intends to draw on its accumulated surplus to submit a responsible budget to its citizens.
In 2019, the Town of Mount Royal budget passes the $100 million mark for the first time: at $101.4 million, it is 6.81% higher than the fiscal 2018 budget. For its part, the Triennial Capital Expenditures Program (PTI) for 2019-2020-2021 totals nearly $62 million, an amount virtually unchanged from the preceding year. It should be noted that 2019 will be a year of major projects for the Town, with pride of place going to the construction of a new and much-anticipated sports and community centre that, beginning in 2020, will replace the current Recreation Centre and offer more space and a greater number of potential uses. The complex will be the first entirely new municipal building in the Town since the 1960s.
“We are finally nearing the goal,” said Mayor Philippe Roy during his presentation of the 2019 budget. “The sports and community centre that our residents have been waiting so long for will take shape this year. In 2019, the Town will also redouble its efforts to preserve its urban forest, whose resilience we want to improve, and have Bixi bike-share stations installed for the first time. While the pressure created by the constant steep increases in the aliquot share we pay to the Agglomeration remains, the healthy financial practices we favour continue to serve us well, as they will ensure that the excellence of the services we provide to residents is unaffected.”
To increase the local offer of active and public transportation, an initial two Bixi stations will be installed in Mount Royal in 2019. Continuing in the direction begun in 2018, when additional Public Security patrollers were hired, the 2019 budget provides funding for an additional dispatcher working from 16:00 to midnight, seven days a week. The urban forest will also receive attention from the Roy administration: the many Norway maples across the Town are simultaneously reaching the end of their life spans, having all been planted at around the same time, and many cut-downs of trees on public property and replacement plantings, this time of a wider range of species, are planned for the year to come.
In 2019, alongside these special initiatives, the Town will maintain the course it set in preceding years, investing as necessary in infrastructure, business and industrial development, public art and green spaces, among others those in its Bates-Ekers neighbourhood, which awaits its first park. The Town will also represent citizens’ interests in major projects involving external partners, such as the Réseau express métropolitain and the Royalmount development project.
“This year once again, we are submitting a responsible and well-reasoned budget in which every effort is made to protect Townies’ interests and favour their quality of life,” Mayor Roy concluded.