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Pointe-Claire

Taxes to jump slightly in Pointe Claire in 2014

Despite not yet knowing its official agglomeration share for regional charges from Montreal, Pointe Claire went ahead and adopted its 2014 budget on Tuesday night.

Property tax bills will jump an average of 0.7 per cent in 2014, according to the city’s $131-million budget.

Overall, the budget includes a marginal decrease in operational expenses of less then 1 per cent compared with 2013.

About 46 per cent of Pointe Claire’s budget, or $59.9 million, is destined for its agglomeration charges, which covers police, firefighting and property valuation services as well as other regional costs controlled or determined by Montreal.

Pointe Claire Mayor Morris Trudeau confirmed that his city hadn’t yet received its agglomeration quota but decided to work on the assumption it would face an increase of about 2.2 per cent from its 2013 share.

The owner of an average home valued at $370,238 will pay $3,306 in municipal property tax in 2014, which is up about $54 from 2013, as well as a water consumption fee of about $159, which is down about $29 from 2013.

Considering both the property tax and water charges, the average homeowner will face an overall increase of about $25 in 2014, or 0.7 per cent more than in 2013.

The water pricing rate in 2014 for Pointe Claire residents is set at $0.6723 per cubic metre, representing a decrease of 12.9 per cent from 2013.

Trudeau acknowledged the decrease in the water consumption fee in Pointe Claire comes as a result of the pending transfer of its treatment plant to Montreal. Pointe Claire and Dorval will no longer have management control of their respective potable water treatment plants as of Jan. 1 and this week they approved agreements preparing for the transfer which includes some staff.

City officials confirmed Pointe Claire residents still face a double-taxation scenario for water services as they pay local user fees based on consumption, while a portion of the city’s agglomeration charges also cover water/sewage costs.

Meanwhile, Pointe Claire also tabled its triennial capital works program. The newly elected council, which includes Trudeau who replaced Bill McMurchie as mayor last month, has opted to only deal with a few basic or urgent projects in 2014, earmarking just under $4.2 million. The city has allotted $36 million worth of projects for 2015 and $35 million in 2016.

The two main infrastructure projects set for 2014 include $1 million worth of repairs to the CN/CP structures over St. Jean Blvd. and $2.1 million for the reconstruction of services on Maywood Ave. between Drake and Douglas-Shand Avenues.

Starting in January, council aims to review needs and determine priorities for the remainder of its four-year mandate.

Considering Montreal’s budget will only be adopted in late January, other West Island municipalities, such as Baie d’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Dorval, Kirkland and Ste. Anne de Bellevue, deferred tabling their own budgets until they have confirmed agglomeration figures.

7 comments

  1. the tax is very marginal. we can live with it. the mayor has been around this city a long time.I guarantee he remembers when city employees were residents of pointe Claire and cherished there work. someone who lives in the city is proud and loyal to their city.lets get back to proud employees that love to work for the city

  2. By PC Resident

    I just received my Pointe Claire tax bill for 2014… What a shocker!!!! Building and Land Evaluation increased by 25% and my tax increase is up 7.5%!!!! . I can’t understand why my increase is so significant. I always thought I was in the average based on Stats Canada??? As this article states my taxes would only go up $25.00. Wow! Maybe you think my math is bad but I can subtract this year’s total tax bill from last year’s 2013 total tax bill..

  3. By PC Head scratcher

    I too was shocked and amazed when I received my Pointe-Claire tax bill. My taxes have increased 11%, which is a helluva lot more than the “$25 average” stated above. I would love to see PC’s system of determining these individual tax assessments given they were nowhere near my home!

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