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Beaconsfield

Average tax bill in Beaconsfield to drop by less than 1 per cent in 2013

Beaconsfield adopted its $40.8-million budget for 2013 on Monday, which represents an increase of about $940,000 in spending from this year.

Costs for local services is set at about $21 million, an increase of about three per cent from this year, while Beaconsfield’s allotment of almost $20 million for agglomeration charges went up by about one per cent.

Property taxes in Beaconsfield remain stable, with a decrease of under one per cent. The owner of an average home, with a $450,785 valuation, will have a municipal tax bill of about $5,078 in 2013, or about $29 less than this year, which includes estimated potable water charges.

Of that tax bill, $174 is for garbage and there is $40 flat rate for water. Homeowners are also billed for water based on consumption, with meter readings done in the fall, but the city estimated the cost for the average home to be about $310.

According to the city, about $2,800 of the average home’s tax bill is destined for the agglomeration to cover regional services, like police and public transit.

As for total operating expenses, Beaconsfield is to spend almost $9 million on public security, about $6 million each for general administration, leisure and culture and environmental management, $7 million on its road network and about $4 million on financing.

The city also tabled its three-year $41.5-million capital program, with about $15 million slated for projects in 2013.

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