Dorval has frozen residential property taxes for the typical home in 2013, according to the city’s $118-million budget for the coming year.
“I can categorically state that there will be a property tax freeze applicable to the average home in Dorval,” stated Mayor Edgar Rouleau.
The owner of an average home in Dorval, valued at $327,363, will have a municipal tax bill of $2,961, the same amount charged in 2012.
The residential mill rate for 2013 is set at $0.9046 per $100 of valuation.
Dorval’s new budget is set at $118 million, representing an increase of just under one per cent from 2012.
Of this amount budgeted, $70 million is headed to the Montreal agglomeration for regional charges and about $48 million is for local services.
The two main regional expenses by service for Dorval are public security at almost $30 million and transport at about $15 million.
Rouleau pointed out Dorval’s agglomeration apportionment climbs every year; in 2011 it was 9.8 per cent, then 4.4 per cent in 2012 and it will increase by 1.2 per cent in 2013.
“Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an end in sight to this trend over which we have no control,” the mayor said of the regional authority dominated and controlled by City of Montreal officials.
Dorval also tabled a $59-million three-year capital program, with $22 million allotted for projects in 2013, including $10 million slated for the construction of a new aquatic and sports complex which is anticipated to begin next spring.
Work on the sports complex was initially to have started in 2012.
“Some aspects of the project were refined since the first announcement, which explains the modification of the deadlines,” the mayor explained, adding the city is currently seeking tenders for the project.