Beaconsfield, Quebec Strengthens Lawsuit Against Montreal Agglomeration Council – Montreal

Georges Bourelle continues the offensive against the Montreal Agglomeration Council, the island body of elected officials.

Beaconsfield is now suing the council for $6 million, an increase of $2 million from last year.

Bourelle says the increase is due to the Agglomeration Council continuing to increase its bill in Beaconsfield each year, while the level of public services remains the same.

Beaconsfield owes the Montreal Agglomeration Council $2,450,700 more this year than last year. This means that a homeowner’s taxpayer in Beaconsfield will pay an average of 7% more in 2022.

“It’s terrible,” Bourelle told Global News.

The mayor of Beaconsfield says most of the island’s 15 suburban municipalities will also pay more to the agglomeration council in 2022 compared to 2021.

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“We pay about 56% more for the same services,” Bourelle said.

He argues that the payment formula should be based on the amount of public services, like public transit, that residents receive rather than a formula based solely on property values.

But Bourelle said the mayor of Montreal, who oversees the Agglomeration Council, refuses to change the equation.

“That’s why we took the route of going with a trial,” Bourelle said.

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The mayor of the borough of Saint-Laurent sympathizes with Bourelle, but Alan DeSousa maintains that taxes in Montreal for owners are also increasing.

“Montreal also pays a huge part of it. And as a Montreal taxpayer, I oppose it,” DeSousa said.

Bourelle fears that the agglomeration council’s bills will continue to increase with the imminent publication of the 2023-2025 property assessment roll.

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