Despite increases in expenses worth about $5.7 million, residents of Vaudreuil-Dorion will only pay 2.2 per cent more on their tax bills in 2013.
The city passed its budget at a council meeting on Tuesday, and Mayor Guy Pilon said he’s pleased with the results.
“Despite all the increases in (contributions to SQ, AMT, MMC and MRC), many of which were out of our control, we were able to maintain a reasonable tax rate,” Pilon said in a statement.
For an average homeowner, with a value of $277,000, the increase will be about $43, the city said.
The largest increase is for Public security, which will go from $6.2 million to $7.3 million, for 17 per cent. City treasurer Marco Pilon explained the Sûreté du Québec charges municipalities based on their lanf evaluations. Since homes saw a large increase in Vaudreuil-Dorion, the proportional SQ contribution also increased.
The second-biggest increase in expenses is for the general administration, which went from $5.8 million to $6.8 million, a 17 per cent increase. Pilon explained that because the city is growing, it has to continually add new staff. On the bright side, revenues continue to increase, as the tax base grows. Revenue is predicted to rise by 10.2 per cent next year. Part of the new expenses also have to do with the new Multi-Sports Centre, which was built near the city’s train station. That facility is also bringing revenue into the city. Overall, revenue for services rendered by the city rose by 134.3 per cent to $3.9 million.
Pilon said he’s pleased the city only spent $1.8 million of its budgetary surplus on balancing the books. He said it’s a bad practice to rely on a surplus to keep taxes low. The rest of the estimated $5 million surplus will be used as a reserve fund for unexpected expenses.
Read the budget summaries sent out by the city below: