- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, December 9, 2019 – The latest real estate assessment roll, released by the City of Montréal in September 2019, saw the average price of a single-family home in Mount Royal increase from $1,082,800 to $1,381,200. In an effort to lessen the impact of this increase on the property owners concerned, Town Council ensured that their tax rate would not rise by more than 1.85% in its 2020 budget.
Mount Royal’s budget is $103.7 million for the new year, up 2.23% from the 2019 budget. The 2020–2021–2022 Triennial Capital Expenditures Program (TCEP), which covers the maintenance of municipal infrastructure, has $11.7 million for the 2020 fiscal year. On top of the usual road works, the Town’s 2020 projects include developing a new public space over the railway in the Town centre, installing extra BIXI stations and carrying out various renovations to the refrigeration system in its arena.
“The major issues at the forefront of Townies’ minds over the past few years continue. These include the implementation of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) that will see the Cornwall Bridge completely rebuilt in our Town centre in 2020, while Mount Royal will be involved in planning the public space that will stretch between this new bridge and our own Laird Bridge,” said Mayor Philippe Roy during the presentation of the 2020 budget. “In addition, BIXI’s arrival in our territory in 2019 proved an immediate success, and we will be adding new stations in 2020. Our efforts to preserve the urban forest also continue. Much work remains to ensure greater species diversification and an overall rejuvenation of the tree population.”
The proposed Sports and Community Complex, which has been on Mount Royal’s agenda for several years now, has been delayed by a few months pending a positive referendum result on February 16, 2020. “We thought we would kick off the new year with work officially starting on this facility, which has already taken a huge amount of effort from our residents and staff,” said the Mayor. “But we will be more than ready to kick-start this project as soon as supporters of the new complex vote and give us the green light in February. Not a week goes by without hearing about Mount Royal’s need for modern recreational facilities of our own,” he says.
As is the case every year, the Town will be proactively investing in 2020 in its infrastructure, commercial and industrial development, and green spaces, such as Mohawk Park. It will continue its steadfast defence of Townie interests on major long-term issues, including the Royalmount project, REM and fiscal capacity, the latter involving the Urban Agglomeration of Montréal.
“In the 2020 budget, our residents will see the same care and attention to the quality of life of our community as they have seen in the past. All the keys to our success as the Garden City are on display again this year,” Mayor Roy concluded.