The City of Longueuil released its 2021 budget on Monday and there’s good news for taxpayers.
Longueuil Mayor Sylvie Parent said in a news release that it’s proposing a tax freeze in a bid to offer taxpayers a bit of a respite amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Parent said the tax freeze is possible in part thanks to $19.3 million in financial assistance granted by the provincial government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on city finances.
Parent also said other contributing factors were an an increase of $1.4 million in real estate revenue, as well as savings of $3.9 million generated through improved operations and reduced financing costs.
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The mayor touted the 2021 budget as being “responsible and balanced” and said it takes into account the current context of the pandemic and future challenges that could arise as a result of the ongoing health crisis.
“We have in fact planned additional sums to cover expenses associated with the pandemic while staying he course and maintaining a focus on prioritizing projects for citizens,” she said
The $461.1 million budget is being submitted for adoption to city council at a special council meeting Tuesday night.
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