Tax hikes on the way for Montreal property owners

City unveils 2014 budget

Some residential property owners in the city of Montreal may get some nasty surprises when they get their tax bills, with global tax hikes ranging from 1.1% to 5.3%.

The city of Montreal released its 2014 budget this morning, coming in at nearly $4.9 billion, an increase of 0.3% compared to last year.

While the budget boasts an average residential property tax increase of 1.9%, the global tax bill is dramatically different in several boroughs once you factor in the borough service taxes.

While Riviere-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles sees an average decrease of 0.2%, it will actually be hit by a global 5.3% increase because of the added borough service tax at 5.5%.

Other boroughs hardest hit once the borough taxes are added in include Anjou (4.9%), Plateau-Mont-Royal (4.6%), Outremont (3.9%) and St. Laurent (3.5%).

Only seven of the 19 boroughs will see tax hikes hovering around the 1.9% average once the borough taxes are included: Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Lasalle, L'Ile-Bizard-Ste-Genevieve, Montreal North, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Verdun, and Ville-Marie.

Something else that may alter the tax bill at the end of the day is property values.

Non-residential property owners will see an average 2% tax increase. But factor in the borough service taxes, and the increases range from 0.3% to 4.4%. The only borough seeing a decrease is Lachine (0.2%). The Plateau gets socked with the highest global non-residential property tax hike at 4.4%.

TAX INCREASES PER BOROUGH

Ahuntsic-Cartierville: 1.3%
Anjou: 4.9%
Côte-des-Neiges-NDG: 2.4%
Lachine: 3.1%
Lasalle: 1.8%
Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève: 1.7%
Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve: 2.3%
Montréal North: 1.1%
Outremont 3.9%
Pierrefonds-Roxboro 1.7%
Plateau-Mont-Royal 4.6%
Rivières-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles 5.3%
Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie 2.6%
St. Laurent 3.5%
St. Leonard: 2.6%
South West: 3.7%
Verdun: 2.0%
Ville-Marie 1.6%
Villeray-St. Michel-Parc-Extension 3.1%

City average: 2.8%


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  1. maria posted on 01/29/2014 11:42 AM
    I don't get it, am I stupid and I don't understand english - When someone says that no tax increase greater than the cost of living, - how do these tax increases correspond with what was said before and after he got voted in???? with all the money that has been stolen from us already, how does the city have the nerve to do something like this - do they not know that you can not get blood from a stone.? please please someone answer me!!! Why don't they get rid of bureaucrats that are not necessary let the sitting councillors cut their expenses, cut the stupid pensions which are totally out of line - This calls for a pot banging protest!! and I mean now!!
    1. joeN posted on 01/29/2014 05:32 PM
      @maria 99% of all politicians and government bureaucrats are the biggest hypocrates that walk the face of the earth. Coderre promises tax increases to inflation and here we are with rates above the inflation rate. He knew full well that the city finances were a mess yet made promises he knew he could not keep.
  2. GT posted on 01/29/2014 05:36 PM
    The municipal taxes increased higher than the inflation rate yet the geniuses at the Regie des loyer are advising tennants not to expect increases greater than 0.08%. Must be the new age economics and math being taught at the franco universities.
  3. Sam posted on 01/29/2014 10:44 PM
    In the Plateau,for example, even if the tax rate goes down,(which it doesn't) the tax BILL goes UP because the evaluations are constantly going up. If you want to sell and move out of town, yes you profit but if you want to stay , your costs just keep going up significantly with your tax bill. The borough's expenses do NOT increase due to the evaluation increases but the revenue from the tax bills does increase. Something does not make sense for the citizens.
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