Agglomeration fees: the City of Quebec offers $27 million to demerged cities

Agglomeration fees: Quebec City offers $27M to demerged cities es

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In order to settle the dispute over the sharing of agglomeration costs for the period between 2016 and 2021, the City of Quebec is proposing to pay $27 million to Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures and L'Ancienne-Lorette. 

This is what we learn in a decision-making summary made public this week by the executive committee.  

Concretely, the City of Quebec makes “an offer and consignment in trust” in favor of the two demerged neighboring cities. Adding together capital, interest and indemnities, the check for Saint-Augustin would be close to $17 million, while the amount that could be paid to L'Ancienne-Lorette would be around $10 million.  < /p>

Yesterday, L'Ancienne-Lorette did not want to comment, arguing that his lawyers are analyzing the summary. Affected by COVID-19 and a victim of the Rogers breakdown, the mayor of Saint-Augustin was unable to call the Journal back.   

Even if the offer were to be accepted, the litigation before the courts would not end. It is because the parties do not agree on the tax regime to be applied from 2022.  

Note that this $27 million should not be confused with the $36 million already paid by the City of Quebec to the same two cities for the share relating to the period from 2008 to 2015. 

New legal setback 

On the other hand, the Superior Court inflicted a new setback on the City of Quebec in the case of the calculation of the quota (2016-2021). The Marchand administration wanted to separate the monetary claims from this period with those from 2022, which the court refused. The Municipality decided to appeal “given the importance of this issue”, it was said.

This week, during the agglomeration council, the tone went up a notch. At the start of the session, Charles Guérard, municipal councilor of L'Ancienne-Lorette, affirmed that his Municipality will now systematically oppose any expenditure qualified as “mixed” by the City of Quebec. Mayor Marchand would not comment at the time, but his facial expression showed deep annoyance.  

Another remedy 

In a related matter, Alain Fortin, former president of the late Regroupement des payers de taxes de L'Ancienne-Lorette, has put the administration of Mayor Gaétan Pageau on notice. He is asking for a check for $4,500 to compensate for the overpayments resulting from the 2008-2015 period. An appeal to the Small Claims Division of the Court of Quebec has also been filed. 

Yesterday, L'Ancienne-Lorette repeated that the law does not allow it to issue checks directly to citizens. . Only three options are on the table: lower taxes, reduce the debt or pay cash for fixed assets. 

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