Demerged cities discouraged by budget
More reaction pouring in to Montreal's 2013 budget.
Mayors of demerged cities say while they are not surprised that property taxes are going up, they are disappointed.
"You know we continue to do our best with our responsibilities," says the mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux Ed Janiszewski, "now it is time for the city to clean up their act."
Janiszewski however says he is not surprised bY this latest property tax increase of 3.3% as the city has been consistently increasing its spending over the last four years.
Westmount mayor Peter Trent is also not surprised, and is also very discouraged.
"I think this is a pretty bleak year, and given all the allegations of corruption, I think everyone is very angry."
He believes the Mayor and his cabinet may be too preoccupied with the Charbonneau Commission to be able to focus on their job, which is to reduce spending and find savings where they can.
"Regardless if the allegations are true or not, they are spending all their time and energy on this, and less so on the task of running a city, and squeezing all the possible savings they can."
The cities say their budgets will now be affected by this latest increase.
About half of their budgets go to Montreal to pay for services such as the police, firefighters, and public transit.