Dor­val re­jects Mon­treal bud­get

Le Messager Lachine & Dorval - - LOCAL NEWS - DA­VID COX da­vid.cox@tc.tc

POLITICS. In a una­ni­mous vote, the Dor­val ci­ty coun­cil re­sol­ved that the 2018 ag­glo­me­ra­tion bud­get would be re­jec­ted. By doing so, Mayor Ed­gar Rou­leau, the re­pre­sen­ta­tive for Dor­val and Île Dor­val, has the au­tho­ri­ty to speak against the bud­get at the ci­ty of Mon­treal’s coun­cil mee­ting.

Mayor Rou­leau will be joi­ned by the As­so­cia­tion of Su­bur­ban Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties, the other 14 Mayors of de­mer­ged mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties. The move might be on­ly sym­bo­lic, as their vo­ting po­wer on­ly re­pre­sents 14%, but they feel they must do so­me­thing.

They plan to meet with dis­grunt­led ci­ty bo­rough mayors to team up and confront Mon­treal Mayor Va­lé­rie Plante to voice their concerns at the Mon­treal Coun­cil mee­ting.

Ag­glo­me­ra­tion fees are paid an­nual­ly by the 15 de­mer­ged ci­ties in ex­change for ser­vices like po­lice, fi­re­figh­ters and others, and are sche­du­led to in­crease by an ave­rage of 5.3 per cent in the 2018 bud­get. As it stands, Dor­val will have to pay an ad­di­tio­nal 4.2 per cent, or $2.9M.

UNI­TED FRONT

On Sun­day, a ral­ly took place at Pointe-claire ci­ty hall.

«There were a couple of hun­dred people, with quite a few pu­blic of­fi­cials present. The main to­pics were lack of re­pre­sen­ta­tion for the de­mer­ged mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties and a de­mand that the Que­bec Go­vern­ment step in,» said Dor­val Dis­trict 5 Coun­cil­lor Ch­ris­to­pher von Ro­retz.

The hope of those at the ral­ly is that Mayor Plante re­vi­sit the bud­get, and fai­ling that, for the pro­vin­cial go­vern­ment to re­view the «un­fair» ag­glo­me­ra­tion sys­tem that has been in place since the de­mer­ger.

(Pho­to: Cour­te­sy – Li­sa Las­se­lin)

Mayor Ed­gar Rou­leau.

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