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Pointe-Claire

Typical Pointe-Claire tax bill to rise by $44

Pointe-Claire announced a modest property tax increase for homeowners as part its $132-million budget for 2013 adopted Monday.

The owner of an average single-family home, valued at $313,124, will have a property tax bill of $3,252 in 2013, which is about $44 more than this year.

As well, the water tax rate paid by homeowners based on consumption also increased by 1.4 per cent.

A water meter rental charge of $10 is unchanged.

The city held off adopting its budget by a week to deal with a revised Montreal agglomeration budget, which resulted in a reduction of about $1 million for Pointe-Claire for regional charges, said Mayor Bill McMurchie, adding the tax savings were distributed across its budget.

Pointe-Claire’s 2013 budget represents a hike in spending of just over one per cent from this year, or about $1.5 million.

Agglomeration charges of almost $59 million account for about 45 per cent of Pointe-Claire’s expenditures in 2013.

McMurchie told the handful of residents in attendance at the special budget meeting that the city’s regional charges paid to the now defunct Montreal Urban Community body amounted to $24 million in 2001 and has increased significantly since that period.

“The regional services definition has been modified with the mergers and the agglomeration,” he added.

“What once was $24 million is now $58.6 million, which comes directly from your pockets into the city and to the agglomeration.”

McMurchie added council has been working to restore Pointe-Claire’s strong financial position to pre-merger levels.

The city, which has about 31,000 residents and sizable commercial and industrial sectors, has allocated almost 11 per cent of its budget on financing, about nine per cent on general administration, eight per cent on recreation, about four per cent on cultural activities and two per cent on public security, to highlight a few areas. Remuneration for staff accounts for almost 20 per cent, or about $26 million, of city expenditures.

Alongside the new budget, Pointe-Claire also tabled its $104-million triennial capital works program. About $28 million is slated for infrastructure projects in 2013, with about $6 million of that amount to be financed through long-term borrowing, about $9 million through local improvement taxes and $8 million coming from government grants.

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