Pierrefonds-Roxboro wants better financial autonomy
The five elected officials of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough are asking for greater financial autonomy. To achieve this, they are tabling a resolution at the Montreal City Council, asking the city center to automatically index, from the 2023 budget, central transfers for staffing purposes in line with inflation and according to the ‘Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The elected officials of Pierrefonds are also asking the city center to begin a review of the distribution of the ten-year capital plan (PDI) between the boroughs and the city center in order to promote their financial autonomy.
The borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, like all boroughs, must be able to count on adequate funding in order to ensure a basic level of service funded at its fair value to serve its population,” said the councilor for Bois- de-Liesse, Benoit Langevin.
To justify these requests, the elected officials mention that the inflation rate is estimated at nearly 7% in 2022 after a rate of 3.8% in 2021. They add that the allocation of the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro has been indexed 2% in 2023 and 1% in 2022, which represents a shortfall of approximately $1,550,000 for these two years calculated in real dollars.
Proposer Benoit Langevin’s resolution also states that « the 2% indexation of central transfers for staffing by the central city is insufficient to absorb all the increases in contracts due to inflation and labor costs. work of the Pétrifontaine-Roxboroise public service ».
It is also written in the motion that « the distribution between the boroughs for the Ten-Year Capital Assets Plan (PDI) should not be carried out according to programs defined by the central city, but rather tied to the priorities of the boroughs, developed according to objective and specific criteria such as the obsolescence of equipment and according to indicators of needs such as population, household density and surface area”.
The borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro is unable to provide basic services without having recourse to its reserve funds”, can we finally read in this resolution.