The Plante administration produced a balanced budget but with a whopping 8% increase in spending. For the first time Montreal’s budget will exceed $6 billion. Though city boroughs tax increases were held close to inflation in the 2-3% range with Verdun and CDN/NDG the hardest hit, demerged municipalities were slammed with up tp 11% increases in the cases of Beaconsfield and Hampstead.

Spending breakdowns are as follows: 17.4% for public security,16.4% to service debt , another 10.8% will be used to finance the city’s public transit facilities. Another 10% of the city’s money (10.7%

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