Montrealers unite to fight municipal tax increases

When the Coderre adminstration revealed it was raising taxes, some Montrealers decided they weren't going to take it anymore.

The mayor announced taxes would rise between 1,1  and 5,3 % for Montrealers.

Montreal pour tous is an organization focused on protecting residents who claim they can't afford to live in the city anymore because of taxes.

Spokesperson Pierre Pagé says the new budget sparked a slew of calls to his organization.

"Many people got in touch with us and said they were interested in finding out more on how to contest their tax bill", Pagé says.

Yet beyond fighting the administration on a case-by-case basis, Montreal pour tous believes there needs to be a change in the mindset within city hall.

Specifically, members believe the municipal government needs to review how it spends its money and how much management it employs.

"We're saying to the city: 'Control your expenses'," Pagé told CJAD. "Next week, we will be at the finance commission to ask every head of services to control his expenses.

Also, there are too many [manager] for each employee, too many big bosses for each indian", he summarized.

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  1. Sam posted on 02/02/2014 05:26 PM
    Like many other Montrealers, especially in areas like Plateau Mt. Royal, our tax bills increase primarily due to the constant increase in property evaluation. The expenses of the city DO NOT increase due to the evaluations ... so the tax bill increase is disconnected conceptually from the increases in costs. It's out of control! They have more money to work with and yet the taxes still increase and normal people will be forced to move out of their neighbourhoods while the municipal politicians go on and on about keeping families in the core. Look at Detroit rather than a crystal ball. These things happen.
  2. liveinmtl posted on 02/02/2014 05:42 PM
    either pay up or leave town...........before the J.C bridge falls!
  3. joeN posted on 02/02/2014 06:16 PM
    A roll back in taxes is what we taxpayers expect not an increase pegged to an ambigious rate of inflation. For the many years we've overpaid taxes due to the rampant corruption and incompetence at city of Montreal we are due for a break not more of the same.
  4. Chris Eustace posted on 02/03/2014 10:01 AM
    Feb. 3, 2014

    The second shoe to drop will be school taxes , which are tied in to municipal / property taxes.

    A fair amount of those taxes go to support spendthrift school boards , governed by elected school board commissioners.

    Chris Eustace
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