Mayor Eric Westram and Town Council are pleased to announce a tax freeze for 2021 to provide residents and businesses with some relief in these difficult times. In addition, a freeze on water service charges and waste management charges is planned. The budget estimates were adopted at the special meeting held on December 16.
"For most of us, 2020 has been a historic and difficult year. The pandemic has forced us to review our priorities in order to better support and continue to serve Rosemerites under exceptional circumstances. This is why it is important not to increase property taxes and to focus more on the development of our community life. And also why we have established a balanced budget where environment preservation and Rosemerites’ well-being have their place. Under the theme "With you, for Rosemère", the 2021 budget has been designed so that we can invest in your quality of life in a rational and well-considered way," stated the Mayor.
- Operating budget of $33,017,900 (increase of 1.8% for current expenses and 0.7% for non-recurring expenses, such as elections)
- Freeze on the tax burden of property and special taxes
- Freeze on water service and waste management charges
- New property assessment roll (2021-2022-2023)
- Averaging of taxable values over three years
- Appropriation of surplus from government assistance ($1.4 M) received for COVID-19
- - in order to reduce the impacts of the pandemic
- - in order to limit the tax burden on taxpayers, particularly for the commercial sector which has been hard hit by the pandemic
Projects to be prioritized
The 2021 budget provides for investments in a number of major projects, notably in maintaining quality services to residents, in the implementation of the very first Green Fund and in the Emerald Ash Borer Action Program, which has been ongoing for several years. The Town will also invest in protecting natural environments with high ecological potential. The first 36 months of the Westram Administration's first term of office have been filled with strong initiatives to preserve the environment. These include the revitalization of Miller Marsh, the very first forum on the environment, membership in the Fonds des municipalités pour la biodiversité (Municipalities' biodiversity fund), the perpetual protection of the Frères du Sacré-Cœur forest and the project to acquire the high ecological value land known as the Grand-Côteau forest, which covers 13 hectares of green space.
In addition, the Town will finalize the revision of the urban planning bylaws. In this regard, it should be noted that since 2018, the Town has undertaken a major strategic reflection on the Rosemère of tomorrow, paving the way for the urban planning vision that has been defined with and for residents. This major project stems from a dozen or so public consultation activities that have so far generated some 1700 responses.
An enviable situation for Rosemerites
Moreover, Rosemère retains its enviable position in the region. In 2019, owners of an average home in Rosemère paid 9% less in property taxes, while benefiting from a 30% higher value of their property. In addition, the Town of Rosemère is 2.2 times less indebted than other towns in the region. "Our goal is to ensure that Rosemerites continue to pay less taxes in a less indebted town and that they get more value for their homes than elsewhere," said the Mayor.
"In closing, I would like to reiterate the importance of continuing to encourage shopping locally. As you will see from the budget, our merchants play a vital role in our Town's economy. This holiday season, buy local!" emphasized Mayor Westram.
For complete details on the 2021 budget, the Town invites you to view an explanatory video on its website site at www.ville.rosemere.qc.ca/home/.
To watch the video: https://vimeo.com/490008620
To read the 2021 Budget Presentation: