- Municipal Council
Town of Mount Royal, December 7, 2020 – Despite a significant drop in revenue and an unplanned rise in expenditures related to the ongoing pandemic, Mount Royal Town Council is limiting the tax increase for residential properties to 1.16% in its 2021 budget.
The Town’s budget totals $106.2 million in 2021, up 2.4% from the preceding year. For its part, the triennial capital expenditures program for 2021-2022-2023, which covers maintenance of municipal infrastructures, will have $17.1 million in the new year. The amount will be used to landscape and furnish the new public plaza spanning the railway in Town centre, create a park on Bates Road, add a new BIXI station, replace the skatepark and renovate the Mohawk Park chalet, among other things, as well as fund the usual road work.
“It goes without saying that the health restrictions imposed by the collective fight against COVID-19 have put a damper on fiscal 2020 and will continue doing so in 2021, at least for a while,” noted Mayor Philippe Roy when presenting the budget. “Mount Royal has adopted a similar approach to planning for the new fiscal year though without the element of surprise. In the budget just submitted, we have kept spending at an acceptable level in 2021 and have cancelled all large events, including Summerfest. On the other hand, we intend to take advantage of opportunities that arise for smaller-scale community activities, while always complying fully with the public health guidelines in effect.”
Launched in November 2020, the call for tenders for the construction of the TMR sports and community centre should conclude with the awarding of a contract in February or March 2021. In the meantime, work on the underground parking facility being built by the Rossy Foundation next to the future centre is progressing nicely.
“While the pandemic has made many kinds of social contact unadvisable, including official gatherings involving large numbers of people, that isn’t true to the same extent for work on the Town’s big and smaller projects,” the mayor explained. “Construction of the new centre, the skatepark, the Mohawk Park chalet – work on all of these important projects will go on.”
“If proof were needed, the year now ending convincingly demonstrates how the prudence and foresight with which the Town manages the public funds entrusted to it make even more sense when times get tough,” added Philippe Roy. “It is the funds amassed in recent years, together with the financial assistance provided by the provincial government, that has enabled us to end fiscal 2020 in fairly good shape. In 2021, we intend to maintain this same discipline in our budgetary management.”