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2020 Budget - Message from the Mayor

Council adopted the budget for the 2020 financial year on December 16, 2019.

The Municipality’s 2019–2023 Strategic Plan, which was adopted on July 2, 2019, was instrumental in guiding Council’s budgetary planning for 2020. It helped Council make the best possible decisions in a budget that was full of constraints, including a considerable 6.65% increase in the Municipality’s contribution to MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais as a result of increased costs for paratransit, recycling management, and the Public Security Department. Our regional police force serves our residents well and is key to the sense of safety enjoyed in our community. We must do everything we can to preserve it. I’ll be an active participant in the MRC’s efforts to lobby the provincial government for a more equitable balance between municipalities affiliated with Sûreté du Québec, which receive large subsidies, and those that have their own police forces and receive no subsidies (2020 Budget for Effective Growth Management, MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais press release, December 3, 2019).

TAXATION

Despite numerous challenges, Council was successful in managing cost increases that were beyond its control while moving forward on key elements of its strategic plan. The Municipality was able to limit the impact on taxes for median-value, single-family dwellings to an average increase of 3.05% or $64 in 2020.

Tax rate 

Categorie

2019

2020

Variation (%)


Residential

0,71502

0,66540

-6.94%

Non-residential

0,92942

0,92942

0%

Industrial

1,02643

1,02643

0%

6 or more units

0,87372

0,66540

-23.84%

Farm

0,70100

0,65550

-6.94%


Compared with the regional and provincial averages, we are in good financial health, as shown in the following table:

Summary of comparisons with various groups

Municipality

MRC

Administrative region

All of Québec

Number of municipalities

1

7

67

1 106

Average tax burden on housing

$1,919

$2,331

$2,185

$2,069

Total net long-term debt per assessed unit

$587

$2,762

$3,208

$6,455

Total net long-term debt per $100 of SPV

$0.37

$1.33

$1.27

$2.17

Operating taxes/Operating revenue(2019 fiscal profile)

74.34 %

76.57 %

66.19 %

62.75 %


FEES

In this year’s taxation bylaw we are introducing more service items that will no longer be billed exclusively based on property value, but also on received benefit (as set out in the act), which is more equitable in terms of the actual cost of services received. 

RESIDENTIAL

2019

2020

Recreation

$40

$40

Household Waste

$220

$220

Fire Safety

N/A

$65

Public Safety and Security

N/A

$120

In this year’s taxation bylaw we are introducing more service items that will no longer be billed exclusively based on property value, but also on received benefit (as set out in the act), which is more equitable in terms of the actual cost of services received.

Two additional items will cover 50% of the budget for the La Pêche Fire Department and 25% of the MRC des Collines public security budget (police, 911, fire prevention). We believe these fees are an effective tool for limiting and countering the impact of uneven fluctuations in property values in three-year assessment rolls (see table below) in the medium term. It also makes taxation fairer by ensuring everyone helps shoulder the cost of public services. The fee for the Fire Department will also be used to establish the first responder department, a firefighter watch on weekdays, and a training centre for firefighters.


Property assessment increases in recent assessment rolls 

Three-year roll

Average increase in property values

2019-2020-2021

2%–6%

2016-2017-2018

10%–22%

2013-2014-2015

12.7% on average

2010-2011-2012

18.8% on average

2007-2008-2009

38% on average

The changes in fees have allowed Council to reduce the residential rate and the rate for buildings with six or more units. More than half of the businesses in the Municipality are located in buildings that are partly residential, so the lower residential rate will help support local business. With the rate decrease for the six-or-more-unit category, Council is sending a clear message to developers looking to build much-needed rental units. In this regard, it is important to note that the two new rates will apply on a per-building basis. For example, owners of two-family dwellings will only pay once for each service. Council has also reaffirmed its support for local farmers by further reducing the farm rate.

MUNICIPAL PROJECTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Going forward, the Municipality’s Green Fund will support local projects and initiatives for environmental protection and sustainable development. A number of projects have already been identified as potential Green Fund projects, including the implementation of compost collection, the development of Rivière La Pêche, lake improvement projects, and a study on managing septic tank drainage. In addition to Green Fund projects, the Municipality is also looking at buying two electric vehicles and switching to LEDs for street lighting. 

The Municipality remains focused on the City Hall and Municipal Depot relocation projects. It will conduct studies on the relocation of the municipal garage, the extension of sewers in the Wakefield sector, and the installation of sewers in the Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham sector. Significant investments in road infrastructure and municipal parks are also in the works.

For more information on the 2020 budget, please consult the table below, which shows our planned spending and resource allocation. You can also consult the three-year capital asset plan, which breaks down the Municipality’s investments in key areas. It’s available on the La Pêche website under Municipal Services, Finances and Taxation, Documents and Reports (see link below).

EXPENDITURES AND ALLOCATIONS

Administration

$2,459,567

RCM Police Department

$2,826,686

Fire Department

$792,168

Public Works

$4,152,922

Animal control and other

$32,797

Street lighting

$39,000

Public transit and paratransit

$311,445

Planning, environment, and land development

$986,608

Health and wellness

$107,477

Environmental health

$1,633,190

Culture and recreation

$1,582,546

Interest and other financial fees

$326,394

Allocations and reserved funds

$1,312,687

Total expenditures and allocations

$16,563,487



Guillaume Lamoureux
Mayor

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