Four main objectives
On December 7, the Municipal Council adopted Gatineau's budget for 2011. The following four main objectives guided our analysis: provide residents with efficient services, ensure sustainable development, maintain infrastructure investments and adopt a responsible budget. These objectives will lead to a series of measures that we intend to carry out over the coming year.
Marc Bureau, Mayor of Gatineau
A responsible budget
The budget for 2011 is balanced at $463,560,000. The main increases are attributable to:
- the payroll,
- Gatineau's assessed contribution to the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO),
- the 1% hike in the TVQ effective January 1, 2011, and
- the fire safety cover plan.
For fiscal year 2011, property taxes will increase by 3.9%. However, this was reduced by an average 1.1% for the residential sector because of the decrease in the levy for residual materials management from $176.22 to $152.83. This 2.8% increase is lower than the 3.3% regional inflation rate. Of this 2.8%, only 1.8% will go to the operating budget: the other 1% will be invested in infrastructures.
In addition, $240 million will be allocated to the three-year capital program for 2011 to 2013, of which $75 million will be in the 2011 budget.
Anticipated Achievements for 2011
The funds invested in 2011 will be allocated as follows:
- $3.2 million for social housing and $1.2 million for the Rénovation Québec program (for a total of $8 million including grants and the contribution by Gatineau to the Office municipal d'habitation)
- $2.4 million for the police organization plan, essentially to hire additional staff to combat things like cybercrime and street gangs
- $2.2 million for different enhancements: pothole repairs, the implementation of a social development policy, the tagging and graffiti prevention program and the Green Fund, among others
- $3 million to continue the implementation of the fire safety cover plan
Sustainable development that protects the environment
- $41,325,000 to the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO), including the development of the Rapibus
- $3.5 million for parks and green spaces
- $1.2 million for bike paths
Maintaining infrastructure investments
- $59 million to update water and wastewater treatment plants over four years
- $20 million for roads
- $12.4 million for the water supply and sewer systems
- $5.4 million for municipal building maintenance
- $2 million for work on boulevard Maloney
- $1 million for speed reduction measures
- $1 million for the reserve to maintain new equipment
Summary of revenues
Summary of expenditures