2019 Montreal budget: taxes are going up, but not by as much as last year

Property taxes are going up an average 1.7 per cent in the new 2019 City of Montreal budget, but some places will see higher increses, and some lower. 

Mayor Valerie Plante has indicated that this time around, the tax increases for 2019 wouldn't be any higher than the rate of inflation.

For instance, if you live in Cote des Neiges-NDG, Rosemont-Petite-Patrie or Ile Bizard-Ste-Genevieve, your taxes will go up by more than 2½ per cent.

In Lachine, Pointe-aux-Trembles-RDP and St. Leonard, the hike will be less than 1 per cent. 

Meanwhile, demerged cities on the island, which pay for shared services such as the police, fire department and public transit, will also see their tax bills increase.

Town of Mount Royal and Baie d'Urfé will see their tax bills increase by more than 5 per cent, while Pointe Claire, Westmount and Montreal West will also see hefty increases.

 

City to spend more on infrastructure, parks, bike paths

Meanwhile, most businesses can expect to see a drop in their tax bills, while there will be more spending on infrastructure maintenance — which includes more money to fix the city's decrepit roads and water mains.

There will also be $5.2 million for small businesses affected by major work sites.

The administration is making parks and greenspaces a major priority: among other things, the city is setting aside $60 million to buy up greenspaces, and another $56.8 million for upgrading local parks.

Another $89 million dollars, meanwhile, will go toward funding a citywide bike path network.