The Lachute Mayor Bernard Bigras-Denis understands some commercial property owners are facing significant increases on their property tax bills. The mayor says everything possible was done to ensure the tax increase was minimized while developing the 2022 budget, but some factors could not be avoided.
Commercial taxes have increased by 8.9 per cent in Lachute. The actual tax rate for non-residential buildings decreased by 0.45 per cent from 2021 to 2022. However, Bigras-Denis says fixed costs for other municipal services, and the new property valuation roll are the main contributors to the rate increase’s property owners are facing.
According to the 2022 budget, the annual rate per property for municipal water service has increased from $210 in 2021 to $221 in 2022. The garbage collection rate was $90 per property in 2021. For 2022, it has increased to $131 per property. Bigras-Denis said the garbage collection rate increased due to a new collection contract.
Due to a new property valuation roll, the value of commercial properties in Lachute increased by $16,655,000 from 2021 to 2022. Budget documents state there are 131 commercial properties in Lachute. An increase in valuation on a property will result in more taxes owing.
The overall valuation of commercial properties in Lachute was $115,532,000 in 2021 and is $132,187,000 as of 2022. In Québec, the valuation roll is updated every three years.