MONTREAL, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The 2012 Ville de Montréal
operating budget, tabled today by the Mayor of Montréal, Gérald
Tremblay, and the Chairman of the Executive Committee responsible for
finance and administration, Michael Applebaum, stands at more than $4.7
billion, up 5.2% compared to the 2011 budget. This increase reflects
the city administration's plan to place citizens at the heart of its
The city has tabled a budget reflecting an increase of 2.5% of the
general property tax in the residential and non-residential areas. This
balanced budget shows the city administration's determination to limit
tax increases to the inflation and spending growth level. Following the
recommendations of the Commission permanente sur l'eau, l'environnement, le développement
durable et les grands parcs (standing committee on water, the environment, sustainable development
and large parks), the city administration is maintaining its financing
strategy for the Water Fund and has increased the special water tax by
0.5% for 2012.
"This modest increase is an exceptional achievement considering the
pressures being exercised on city finances. Thanks to stringent and
careful management of expenditure practices, that have been recognized
by credit rating agencies which awarded the city its best ever credit
rating, Montréal was able to give itself the means to achieve its
ambitions, while limiting the tax burden for taxpayers to a minimum,"
said Mayor Tremblay.
The 2012 budget shows tight management of public finances in a difficult
economic context. The pension plans now account for nearly 13% of the
city budget. If it hadn't been for increased pension plan costs, the
operating budget would post a meagre 2.3% increase compared to 2011.
This is why the city administration intends to carry out a revision of
these plans to reduce their pressure on taxpayers. It also intends to
pursue its efforts to reduce the work force by 1,000 jobs by the end of
Maintaining quality services for residents, while making them more
welcoming and accessible
In 2012, more than $466 million will be spent on activities for
residents of all ages at its many sports, community, cultural and
recreation centres, as well as in parks and playing fields. This budget
has been increased by $7 million compared to 2011 and includes an
additional $1.6 million, enabling the city to add resources and extend
opening hours at several libraries.
As part of the 2012-2014 Three-year Capital Works Plan, $65 million will
be spent to renovate, expand or build libraries, $50 million will be
invested to renovate or upgrade arenas, while approximately $28 million
will go towards building a new indoor soccer centre at the Complexe environnemental de Saint-Michel. Additionally, $152 million will be spent to rehabilitate borough and
An operating budget of $180 million will be dedicated to solid waste
management in 2012. This amount adds to the $25 million earmarked to
build new solid waste management infrastructures as part of the
Three-year Capital Works Plan for 2012-2014.
Modernizing Montréal infrastructures: Road network and water
In total, more than $130 million will be spent on operations to maintain
and improve the road network, $2.5 million of which will be spent
solely on minor repairs on bridges and tunnels. Inspections on
structures have increased by 70% over the past three years. This
rigorous inspection program gives a clear picture of the condition of
city assets. Also, the city administration will increase the number of
workers involved in bridge and tunnel operations, to accelerate
infrastructure inspection and upgrade in Montréal.
The Three-year Capital Works Plan for 2012-2014 includes more than $1.6
billion for road infrastructure repair over the next three years, $132
million of which have been earmarked for bridges, tunnels and
The budget earmarked for water in the 2012 budget stands at $331
million. The city intends to reduce water leaks, record water
consumption by area of activity and improve drinking water consumption
efficiency. To achieve this, the city plans to re-implement the water
consumption measurement project for which it will add manpower in 2012.
A commitment to active transportation and public transit
In 2012, the city will award $395 million to the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), or $5 million more than its adjusted budget for 2011. The city's
contribution will help the STM to improve offering by adding service hours on its bus, metro and
The city has reiterated its unwavering commitment towards public transit
with a Three-year Capital Works Plan for 2012-2014 that includes
investments of $514 million in mass transportation, $105 million of
which will be used to implement new reserved lanes for buses and taxis.
Additionally, $70 million will be invested in active transportation,
$30 million of which will be used to develop and upgrade the cycling
network and $40 million to introduce pedestrian safety measures.
Ensuring the safety of Montrealers
Because it has the safety of the community at heart, the city
administration will increase the Service de police de Montréal (Montréal police department) budget by $28 million, for a total of $662
million. In doing so, the city wishes to maintain the same level of
quality services for public security, or improve services, especially
when it comes to response time and traffic flow. As for fire safety,
the city administration will award a budget of $329 million to the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SSIM) [Montréal fire department], up $14 million compared to the 2011
Promoting economic and cultural development in Montréal and enhancing
To help relaunch east-end Montréal, the city will invest $550 million by
the year 2017 for infrastructure, development and development support,
including $1 million annually in the new east-end development fund
In 2012, the industrial element of the program, called Success@montreal
(PR@M-Industry), will also benefit from an additional investment of $7
million, for a total of $16 million, to support industrial vitality in
Montréal, by promoting the construction, expansion or conversion of
The Conseil des arts de Montréal will receive an additional $500,000, for a total contribution of
approximately $12 million in 2012. This organization is involved in
concerted and development actions to support and recognize artistic
excellence in Montréal. In addition to investments earmarked to
safeguard city heritage, $39 million of which will be invested in
development work included in the 2012-2014 Three-year Capital
Investment Plan, the city plans to maintain a $500,000 contribution to
the Conseil du patrimoine, a valuable advisory body and key player in safeguarding and enhancing
natural and cultural heritage in Montréal.
"For 10 years now, we have been working to raise Montréal to the level
of its ambitions, a true metropolis, and most importantly, a city that
cares about its community. The 2012 budget is, without a doubt, a
reflection of this commitment. In addition to focusing on the basics,
and on the city's central missions, the budget meets the needs of the
Montrealers of today, while paving the way for future generations,"
said Mayor Tremblay.
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