The City of Montreal owes $160,000 in unpaid taxes to the City of L'Assomption

The City of Montreal owes $160,000 in unpaid taxes to the City of L’Assomption

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The City of L'Assomption threatens to auction the land of the municipal nursery of Montreal which is located on its territory. She claims that the Plante administration owes her nearly $160,000 in unpaid taxes. 

The missive is lapidary: “Take notice that the buildings designated below will be sold at public auction […] on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. […] for non-payment of municipal taxes and other charges” , signed Jean-Michel Frédérick, clerk and lawyer of the City of L'Assomption.

Among the 19 properties targeted, there are a handful of houses and vacant lots belonging to individuals… but above all the vast nursery that the City of Montreal has owned for twenty years, on which it grows trees and shrubs. which it then replants in its streets and parks.

Last chance to pay

The public notice has been on the website since October 4 of this City located in Lanaudière and it was also published in the local newspaper Hebdo Rive Nord.

Offenders can avoid losing their property s 'they pay their due “with the costs incurred” between now and the auction.

In the case of the City of Montreal, the debt amounts to exactly $159,765.01.

The Assumption emphasizes that it does so under the Cities and Towns Act. This provincial law effectively allows municipalities to sell an immovable at auction “after the expiry of six months following the date of the notice of deposit of the collection roll”.

The version changes

Our Bureau of Investigation questioned the City of Montreal about this debt from this Tuesday. Initially, spokesperson Gonzalo Nunez replied by email that the file was “regularized” and that the City would pay the sums required. 

But a few hours later, after we asked him if the debt would be paid in full, his response on the progress of the talks was less affirmative: “The City of Montreal and the Ville de L'Assomption will regularize this file in the coming days,” he wrote.

Mr. Nunez argues that “the City of Montreal is exempt from paying municipal taxes” under the law. “However, the City of L'Assomption still charged the City of Montreal with compensation for municipal services, which led to discussions between the two municipalities,” he wrote.

Au As of this writing, the mayor of L'Assomption, Sébastien Nadeau, had not responded to our request for an interview.

Montreal's municipal tree nursery is home to nearly 80,000 specimen trees and shrubs. It is twice as large as Lafontaine Park.