Here are the highlights of Gatineau's 2020 Budget.
The budget that we are adopting today is rigorous and daring. It enables us to pursue the vision developed by the Municipal Council early in its mandate, while at the same time adapting our actions to the challenges facing us.
This year, we will be investing strategically in an ambitious urban outdoors development plan and in the first few months' operations of the new Donalda-Charron library in the Plateau. Adapting to climate change is also a big part of our actions. And finally, we are increasing our efforts in regard to paving specifically and our infrastructures in general.
For years, we have been working on diversifying revenues in order to ease the pressure on property taxes, and this year municipalities achieved a historic win: the Government of Quebec agreed to share the revenues associated with one TVQ point. That money will gradually increase year after year, and is already slated to bring in around $8 M annually to Gatineau within five years. This is a huge step in the right direction.
I want to acknowledge all those in the municipal administration and among the elected officials who contributed, directly or indirectly, to the budget exercise. We are continuing to build the Gatineau of our dreams, a city that is ready to face the challenges of its day, and that can live up to its residents' expectations.
On December 10, Gatineau Municipal Council adopted the budget for 2020, a $651.8 M balanced budget. That represents $28.5 M more than in 2019. This year's tax increases fall under two categories:
The tax increase is once again the smallest since 2005.
It represents a $28.5 M or 4.6% increase in expenditures over 2019.
So far, the dedicated tax has enabled Gatineau to invest close to $149 million in infrastructures, with another $41 million to be added in 2020.
Thanks to sound and rigorous management of the debt over the past few years, it has been possible to steadily reduce the debt servicing portion of the total budget to 9.9% in 2020.
A gradual revenue diversification plan is in place to reduce the burden on taxpayers.
The new partnership tops up the revenue sharing measures and gives all municipalities more financial autonomy. This agreement acknowledges the key roles that municipalities and regional county municipalities play in the province's development as local governments.
Thanks to that agreement, Gatineau will benefit from the following revenue sharing measures:
In order to meet the community's needs, Gatineau is investing:
Total investments for the next three years come to $465.9 M, including $197.8 M in 2020 for:
|Ruisseau Wabassee||$56.3 M|
|Water supply and sewer systems||$49.6 M|
|Water treatment and wastewater treatment plants||$14.8 M|
|Social housing and residential renovation program||$5.5 M|
|Development of parks and urban outdoors||$3.5 M|
The investment programs for paving, for correcting the situation with water discoloration, and for work due to heavy rains will continue:
The following budget envelopes were topped up to better meet needs:
The project involves works aimed at improving municipal infrastructures in response to major weather events, such as heavy rains, throughout the ruisseau Wabassee basin in the Lac-Beauchamp district: development of retention basins, stabilization of the banks, mitigation of erosion and correction of berms and culverts. This major project will strengthen the capacity of municipal infrastructures and reduce the likelihood of problems down the road, namely in regard to flooding.
Funds have been added to the 2020-2022 investment plan for:
Buckingham and Masson-Angers sectors:
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.