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Vander Doelen: City budget-ology 101

How “bare bones” can a municipal budget be when it contains plans to start building a $35 million new city hall in November?

Windsor tabled its 2015 budget this week, and most taxpayers will be delighted that it includes the eighth property tax freeze in the last decade. 772 more words


Laval city budget includes 3.2% tax increase

Citizens in Laval are facing an average tax increase of 3.2 per cent next year, Mayor Marc Demers announced on Monday.

In tabling its municipal budget for 2015, the city explained that the increase represents 2 per cent for inflation and 1.2 per cent “as a result of budget cuts in Quebec.” The provincial government has initiated… 75 more words

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Coderre's municipal budget rests on cost-cutting and optimistic forecasts

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Montrealers can’t take a budget cut to the bank.

However, they could have made use of some tax relief had the 2015 municipal operating budget that Mayor Denis Coderre tabled on Wednesday offered it. 826 more words

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LaSalle mayoral candidates debate ideal home for commercial growth

When LaSalle council decided a half-dozen years ago to rebuild its town hall, police and fire operations at the same location, it closed the door on instead creating a power commercial zone in that space — next door to the Zehrs shopping centre, says a challenger running for town mayor. 609 more words


City’s top manager makes plea for ‘trust,’ urges better budgeting

The managers overseeing billions of dollars of city operations and construction projects needs to know the council they’re advising actually trusts them, city hall’s top executive said Monday. 353 more words

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Letter: It’s hard for taxpayers to get a handle on the implications of municipal spending

Re: “City plans big boost in borough cash” (Gazette, Sept. 13)

What is worrisome about Montreal’s plan to take out more loans to substantially increase capital works programs is the lack of information available to residents regarding our present financial status using basic financial indicators. 499 more words


Heritage Software wins Montreal snow-removal app contest

Eight teams made it to the finals of a contest to design a web-based app to track the city’s snow removal process and improve its efficiency. 120 more words

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