“Substantial increase” in the tax account in 2020 to Rimouski

«Augmentation substantielle» du compte de taxes en 2020 à Rimouski

The mayor of Rimouski, Marc Parent, surrounded by Sylvain St-Pierre and Guy Dionne, respectively treasurer and deputy director-general of the City of Rimouski

December 9, 2019 22h03

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“Substantial increase” in the tax account in 2020 to Rimouski

«Augmentation substantielle» du compte de taxes en 2020 à Rimouski

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RIMOUSKI – While municipal taxes will increase by 1.3% in Quebec and 2.1% in Montreal, the average taxpayer Rimouski will face an increase in its account of taxes of 4.1% in 2020. He will have to pay 99 $ more in property tax. This increase is well beyond the index of consumer prices, which is 1.9 %.

“Despite the fact that this increase was substantial, Rimouski is one of the cities with the least taxed in Quebec and offers services of high quality”, is repeated more than once the mayor of Rimouski, Marc Parent.

The owner of a residence valued at 212 727 $ will have to pay 2410 $ in city taxes. Marc Parent says, “the City of Rimouski is in an extremely enviable compared to other cities in the province”. “The rate of taxation of the City of Rimouski is among the lowest in Quebec, he specified. The debt ratio for the comparable cities of 45,000 to 55,000 inhabitants is the lowest in Quebec.” In seven cities in quebec that are comparable in terms of demographic, Rimouski is located in the second row of the tax account means the least expensive after the Mirabel plant, which the account is estimated at 1623 $. Saint-Eustache follows closely with 2661 $.

Budget 91.6 M$

On Monday evening, the municipal council of Rimouski has adopted a balanced budget of 91.6 million $. “In 2020, the property tax and charges for services represent 74 % of the revenue sources for the operating budget, said Mr. Parent. The decrease in revenues attributable to the sale of land and investment income is recorded as a financial stake determinant. In this context, the search for new funding sources is a priority to limit the tax increases in the future.”

From 2015 to 2020, the budget of the City of Rimouski has increased by 20 %. “There have been significant acquisitions, but also obligations, he provided as reasons. For the average residence, it’s a little less than $ 2 a week increase in taxes. If we compare it with the price index for consumption, it is substantial, but the people were really for their money! The citizens wanted to have more paving and wanted a central animal, what one will do in 2020.”

The elect assured that his administration has put a lot of effort not to overtax the taxpayers, but “the City is facing budgetary constraints, additional 2.65 million $”. These expenses are explained by the “bill salt” of the Sûreté du Québec, the services of snow removal, the addition of four fire stations, permanent, with construction of a new building for the Center of animal services that seeks to increase the annual budget from the simple to the double, as well as the significant increase in paving contracts related to the costs of the bitumen and the increase in the salaries of municipal employees. “The pricing of the Sûreté du Québec is based on the economic vitality of a city,” said mayor Parent. We are victims of the success of the city of Rimouski. We are left with a bill to pay which is close to 6 % above what they paid last year.”

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