The Municipalité régionale du comté (MRC) d’Argenteuil plans to spend $16,374,177 in 2022.

Mayors from the MRC’s nine municipalities adopted the budget at the regional council meeting on November 24.  The total MRC budget includes the estimated $3,997,412 budget for Fibre Argenteuil – the non-profit organization which is a division of the MRC and is responsible for the expansion of high-speed internet to all area of the Argenteuil territory. 

In 2022, the MRC d’Argenteuil will collect $4,681,401 or 37.8 per cent of its revenue from its nine municipalities. The total 2022 municipal contribution is $188,281, or 4.19 per cent more than in 2021. MRC administration notes the total increase of the municipal contribution is lower than the regional inflation rate, which was 5.3 per cent for the greater Montréal region during the past year. 

The amount each municipality contributes to the MRC budget is determined by a combination of assessment value and needs for MRC services in each municipality. For example, all municipalities obtain engineering services from the MRC rather than having their own engineering departments. Depending on the assessment value and needs of each municipality, the amount each municipal contribution is increasing in 2022 varies. 

Lachute, with the greatest population and assessment value, contributed $1,409,964 to the MRC d’Argenteuil in 2021, which is the highest of any municipal contribution. In 2022, the town will contribute $1,422,984, which is $13,020, or 0.92 per cent more.

Brownsburg-Chatham will continue provide the second-greatest contribution to the MRC in 2022. In 2021, it contributed $927,947. In 2022, Brownsburg-Chatham’s regional contribution will be $947,056, which is $19,108, or 2.06 per cent more than the 2021 amount.

The third-greatest municipal contribution to the MRC d’Argenteuil in 2022 will be from Saint-André-d’Argenteuil. In 2021, the municipality provided $427,666 for the regional government’s budget. For 2022, its contribution is $456,123, which is $28,457, or 6.65 per cent more than the 2021 contribution. 

The village of Grenville contributes the smallest amount to the MRC d’Argenteuil budget. The village contributed $189,419 in 2021 and will contribute $10,251, or 5.41 per cent more in 2022 for a total contribution of $199,670. 

Grenville-sur-la-Rouge contributed $419,696 to the MRC d’Argenteuil in 2021. In 2022, it will provide $449,624, which is an increase of $29,928, or 7.13 per cent.  

In developing the 2022 budget estimates, the MRC council considered challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local development, local workforce, housing, the deployment of high-speed Internet, sustainable development, municipal asset management, environmental protection and conservation, agriculture, culture and heritage, public safety, transportation, and the well-being of young people and senior citizens. 

In 2022, the departments and areas of programming in the MRC with the highest amount of spending are projected to be Economic Development, at 16 per cent of the budget, Adaptive, Collective, Inter-Regional Transportation and Public Security, at 14 per cent of the budget, and Territorial Management and Environment, at 12 per cent of the budget. 

Programming and decisions in 2022 will continue to be implemented within the overall theme of sustainable development the regional government has adopted in recent years.    

MRC d’Argenteuil Prefect Scott Pearce and Deputy Prefect Howard Sauvé described the 2022 budget as responsible, realistic, and ambitious for the population.