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The Town will host a Budget Open House in the lobby at the Vollmer Centre on Thursday, February 2 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend.

The budget sessions will be held on February 8, 9 (if required), and 10 (if required) in Council Chambers at the LaSalle Civic Centre and are open to the public. The meetings will also be streamed live on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel. Comments from the public about the budget are encouraged and must be submitted in writing to the Clerk by February 3 at noon. The entire document is available on the Town’s website and can also be viewed electronically at the LaSalle Civic Centre. 

 The Town of LaSalle released the 2023 Draft Budget and Business Plan document earlier this month. It is available for viewing on the Finance page on the Town’s website and the community engagement website, PlaceSpeak. The document includes a summary of the significant changes in the proposed 2023 Budget, a summary of the proposed departmental budgets and the proposed 2023 Capital Budget. If approved, the municipal levy will increase by $2.9 M over the 2022 Municipal Budget, bringing the 2023 General Levy to $43.1 M. This amounts to a proposed municipal tax rate increase of 5.25%.

The increases include approximately $571,000 for policing costs (ex. wages and benefits, transfers to reserves and two new constables), $1.3 M for growth and service level changes (ex. funding for master plans, increased contribution to capital reserves, investments in information technology and infrastructure) and $2.8 M for inflationary changes (ex. wages and benefits, insurance, fuel and garbage collection, etc.).

“Although the rate of inflation has significantly increased in 2022, the Town is still on pace to achieve its strategic goals with a responsible tax rate increase below the rate of inflation. Our goal is to recognize the current inflationary environment while maintaining current levels of service and continuing to fund the Town’s strategic goals,” said Dale Langlois, Director of Finance/Treasurer.

It is important to note that the province has postponed the Municipal Property Assessment update, which was scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2021. Specifically, property valuations for 2023 will continue to be based on the January 1, 2016 values. This means that nearly all properties in the Town will have an identical assessment value in 2023 as they did in 2020, 2021 and 2022. As a result, the vast majority of properties will experience a municipal property tax increase of 5.25%, lower than the current rate of inflation.