Laval freezes residential property taxes

Marc Demers announced the new Laval budget for 2014
Michel Boyer/CJAD

Laval's new city administration released its new budget Monday, and it gave residents somewhat of an early Christmas gift, news that residential tax bills will be frozen.

This is the second consecutive year Laval residents will not see their property bills increase.

"The cost of projects are actually going down by 25 to 30 percent," said Laval Mayor Marc Demers. "So we are riding that wave."

The administration also plans to make public transit free for people 65-years and older.

Demers admitted the idea came from his wife.

"Busses are going around half empty, will it cost a lot more to have four or five people in the bus," Demers said. "It's not going to cost a lot more."

He believes it is a good way to encourage people to use public transit in the city.

When it came to speaking of past corruption in the city, Demers said he doesn't know how much it cost taxpayers.

"And we may never know," he added. 

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  1. JoeN posted on 12/09/2013 07:12 PM
    More reasons to live off island!!!
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