Councillor Marvin Rotrand has sent new City of Montreal executive committee president Pierre Desrochers a copy of a resolution adopted by CDN-NDG borough council at its Sept. 30 meeting.
Rotrand explained that the borough’s official position is to ask that the increase in the assessment role be spread out by the city over three years. He wants the city administration to drop the tax rate for the 2014 budget so that there wouldn’t be an unreasonable increase for taxpayers next year. “We also asked the city to do two other things,” said the Snowdon district councillor. One was to conduct a best practices review to see if there’s any money that can be saved by cutting back duplication. Another is negotiating with the province for more powers for cities, so that they can find more varied sources of revenue and not have to rely so heavily on property taxes.
Rotrand will be raising this issue at the Dec. 9 borough council meeting.
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