City outlines capital works plans
The city will be spending some $3.8 billion dollars over the next three years on a variety of capital works programs.
The lion's share, about two-thirds, will go to water works and transportation.
The city plans to spend almost $1.2 billion on maintaining and upgrading Montreal's water infrastructure and over a billion dollars on road work and transportation.
The rest is slated for culture and leisure, sustainable development, parks, housing and public security.
The city plans to borrow n up to $600 million a year for the next three years to cover costs, but interim mayor Laurent Blanchard thinks taxpayers won't feel the pinch.
"It's what Montrealers can afford to pay, considering the tax they pay," he says. "It won't cost any more in taxes."
He added that although the Charbonneau Commission did expose deep levels of corruption in the city's construction industry, Montreal had to move on - without the companies mentioned at the commission.