City presents pandemic budget

The city’s 2021 budget is out and there are various stories. The total is $6.17 billion. Residential and business taxes are not going up although boroughs have the option to hike residential taxes, which make up 20% of the tax bill.

Public transit will be free for kids under 12 as of next July, and fares for people 65 and over will be half of what they are now.

The city is not cutting services, partly thanks to money handed over by Quebec to help it face the pandemic.

There are bound to be more stories, and more reactions, to the budget over the next day or two.

It’s not part of this new budget, but the city is considering cutting garbage pickups to once every 2 weeks, in 2022.

The presentation of the budget was briefly held up by protesters at Marché Bonsecours who demanded the defunding of police,