2017 Budget - Summary
2017 Budget - Full documentation
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Prévisions budgétaires 2017
Programme des dépenses en immobilisation 2017-2018-2019
A word from the mayor
Adoption of the 2017 budget
I am pleased to announce that the 2017 budget, a balanced budget of $28,375,500, was adopted on December 20, 2016.
The Town of Saint-Lazare anticipates a 1.26% increase in property taxes for the average single-family home valued at $370,000—a percentage that falls below the inflation rate.
This budget no doubt stems from the incredible teamwork of elected officials, public employees and residents, who have kept us informed of their concerns throughout the year.
Contrary to rumours that have been circulating, taxes will not be imposed upon residents in 2017 for the new town hall building. Grants received for the construction of the fire station and community spaces adjacent to town hall have had a favourable impact on taxation rates. In all, the Town will receive up to $3,832,372 to help reduce the burden.
Our administration is proud of this budget considering the many large-scale projects it has brought to completion including, over the course of the last few years, replacing major infrastructures with safer, more modern and better adapted ones. The Town has invested in extending the sanitary, storm sewer and water networks as well as in public safety, which remains a top priority for the community. Yearly projects aimed at road maintenance, improving sports and recreational infrastructures in different parks throughout the city and the addition of bike lanes and paths will continue in 2017. This will be done in an effort to foster active mobility, which is a growing concern considering the addition of an 8th school within our territory.
With $4,477,500 dedicated to leisure and recreation, the new year is expected to include plenty of entertainment and activities. Saint-Lazare residents will once again be able to enjoy the Fête des neiges at Parc nature Les Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare, Spring Break activities, the Cyclo-tour, celebrations surrounding Canada’s 150th anniversary and the Fête Nationale, the Au Galop festival and, of course, the community garden and a variety of other cultural and recreational activities. We also hope to continue fostering community spirit, in part by implementing the 2016–2018 action plan based on our Municipal Family Policy and the Senior-Friendly initiative. The Elder Council, implemented earlier this year, is just one example of the plan’s many objectives. Also, thanks to the involvement of our countless volunteers, our residents will have lots of new options to choose from including free swim times for parents and babies as well as for seniors. In 2017, we expect to once again welcome some 600 children to the day camp at the Parc Nature. The experience now made even more positive since the Parc has been supplied with drinking water.
In 2017, we must, as always, take into consideration our obligations towards various partners including the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), the Montreal Metropolitan Community (MMC) and the Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC).
On a final note, I would like to assure our residents that we, elected officials, work tirelessly to ensure that the community benefits from the best possible services and infrastructures. The quality of life of Saint-Lazare’s residents is of the utmost importance to us and we do everything in our power to maintain this quality of life—one that is the envy of many other town and cities.
For a detailed look at the 2017 budget, visit the Town’s Web site at http://ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/budget
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you the happiest of Holidays filled with joy, happiness and quality time with family and loved ones. I look forward to seeing you throughout 2017.
Mayor, Ville de Saint-Lazare