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Taxpayers watchdog group posts petition against Montreal tax hike

Taxpayers watchdog group posts petition against Montreal tax hike
Taxpayers watchdog group posts petition against Montreal tax hike
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The author of the petition says it is, in part, a place where disappointed Montrealers can make their disappointment with the mayor known.

Montreal GazetteMontreal Gazette

Published on: January 16, 2018 | Last Updated: January 16, 2018 12:15 PM EST

The Quebec chapter of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has posted an online petition demanding Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante remove a 3.3-per-cent tax hike from the city’s 2018 budget.

“Instead of cutting the fat at the city of Montreal, Valérie Plante chose the easier course of taxing taxpayers even more,” reads the petition, posted at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. “(Taxpayers) will see their bill go up by an average of 3.3 per cent, which is 50 per cent higher than inflation.”

CTF Quebec spokesperson Carl Vallée said the petition was, in part, a place where disappointed Montrealers could make their disappointment with the mayor known.

“I think a lot of us thought we had a politician who would do things differently,” he said. “We believed it. But at the first opportunity, she’s basically done what any other politician before her has done. That’s something that simply feeds the public’s cynicism.”

The petition calls upon Plante to honour a campaign pledge she made not to increase taxes above the rate of inflation — about two per cent. Plante has maintained that she did keep her word, and that the total bill includes a water tax that hadn’t been increased in four years.

Meanwhile, a rally is being organized in Pointe Claire for this Sunday to protest against the fallout of the Plante budget on demerged Montreal suburbs, some of which have seen their contributions to the central city for policing and transit services jump by as much as nine per cent.

The rally is scheduled to take place at noon in front of Pointe Claire city hall at 451 St. Jean Blvd.

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