Brownsburg-Chatham’s municipal budget has increased by 10 per cent for 2022, which is $1,304,960 more than the 2021 budget. In 2021, the total value of the budget was $12,969,640, in 2022 the total value is $14,274,600. The budget was approved by town council when it met on December 14, 2021. 

The total value of taxable property wealth in Brownsburg-Chatham has increased to $29,728,342, which means $236,815 in 2022 tax revenue will come from growth in property values resulting from major construction or renovations. 

The average property tax rate increase for all categories in Brownsburg-Chatham is three per cent for 2022. In 2021, the residential tax rate was 65 cents per $100 of valuation. In 2022, the residential rate per $100 of valuation is 67 cents. The average value of a residential house in Brownsburg-Chatham is $202,200. With the 2022 residential tax rate, the owner of a home at the average value will pay $1,354 in property taxes this year.  

The agricultural tax rate in Brownsburg-Chatham is not changing for 2022 and will remain at 60 cents per $100 of valuation. The tax rate on commercial property is increasing from $1.64 per $100 of valuation in 2021, to $1.69 per $100 of valuation in 2022. The industrial property tax rate in Brownsburg-Chatham was $2.19 per $100 of valuation in 2021. In 2022, it is $2.26 per $100 of property value.  

Property taxes on vacant land in Brownsburg-Chatham are also increasing. The tax rate for serviced vacant land in 2021 was $1.30 per $100 of value. The 2022 tax rate for those properties is $1.34 per $100 of value. In 2022, the tax rate for vacant, unserviced property is $1.22 per $100 of value – an increase from $1.15 per $100 of value in 2021. 

Residential water rates for properties connected to the municipal water system were $208 per property in 2021. In 2022, the rate is $229.75. Owners of residential properties in Brownsburg-Chatham with swimming pools paid an additional $60 in 2021. In 2022, they will pay $66.25. 

In 2022, the rate for residential sewer service in the village of Brownsburg is $209 per property. In 2021, it was $173 per property. Residential sewer service in St-Philippe-Est cost $355 per property in 2021. In 2022, it will cost $379 per property. 

Taxes are projected to comprise 72 per cent of municipal revenue in Brownsburg-Chatham in 2022. The second-largest source of municipal revenue, at 11 per cent, is projected to come from the municipal campground and marina. 

Capital investment 

Brownsburg-Chatham is planning $24,226,022 in capital investments during next three years. For 2022, $8,018,727 in capital spending is planned.  

An estimated $3,995,000 in public works projects are planned for Brownsburg-Chatham in 2022. These include construction in the Domaine Cadieux area, road improvements, and studies to assess the condition of dams. 

Council is still considering if the multifunctional facility proposed for the centre of Brownsburg will go ahead. In 2022, $1,750,000 has been set aside for administrative costs associated with the proposal. 

The municipal campground and marina, located on the Ottawa River, will see further improvements in 2022. The capital budget includes $1,008,000 for further land acquisition, the introduction of ready-to-camp units, and equipment expenses. 

For the fire department, $788,227 has been budgeted for capital expenditures is 2022. The expenditures include the purchase of new vehicles, air cylinders, and for building maintenance. 

Objectives 

According to the municipal budget report, the 2022 budget was developed with the objectives of improving the amenities the town offers to residents, attract and retain young families as residents of the municipality, further establish the campground and marina as a tourist attraction, diversify recreational opportunities, and modernize infrastructure.