Each year, Council adopts the Municipality's annual budget for the next fiscal year at a special meeting held in mid-December. 

The annual budget represents all operating expenses that provide Chelsea residents with essential services such as waste collection, snow removal, recreational activities, etc. 


Municipal Council adopts a budget of $21.3 million for the year 2021


At a extraordinary sitting held Tuesday, December 15, Municipal Council unanimously adopted an operating budget of $21.3 million for the year 2021. This budget focuses primarily on sound financial management, the environment and active transportation.

Council also adopted a property tax freeze on the annual account for an average residence.

For 2021, the property tax rate is reduced by 6%:

  • 0.7457 per $100 for the residential sector
  • 1.0536 per $100 for the non-residential sector


The filing of the new three-year assessment roll 2021-2022-2023 showed an average increase in taxable assessments of 6% across all categories. As a result, Council voted in favour of an equivalent decrease in the property tax rate for both residential and non-residential properties. This is in addition to the increase in revenues generated by new developments, which results in a property tax freeze for an average residence.


Read the Mayor’s word

Official Press Release


Revenus 2021 EN.PNG


Dépenses 2021 EN.PNG




Investments in environment and active transportation




  • Creation of the Fonds vert municipal, which will enable the municipality and organizations or residents to leverage municipal funding and support for environmental, sustainable development or active transportation initiatives - $150,000
  • Master Plan revision - $78,000
  • Creation of two active transportation trails in the center village and maintenance of the existing trails - $64,000
  • Construction of an infrastructure for youth and development of a gathering place for teens - $10,000
  • Community trail finalization and online public consultation for river access - $21,000
  • Study on the degradation of roads and study on future needs in terms of services and infrastructure in the center village - $150,000


The budget also includes nearly $4 million allocated to debt service payments and $6.2 million in salaries and benefits. The remainder of the budget is for the normal operations of the Municipality and the maintenance of services to citizens.




Triennal Capital Expenses Program 2021-2022-2023


Municipal Council adopted its Triennial Capital Expenses Plan (TCEP) for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023 on November 3. It includes investments of $20,258,385 divided into annual phases.

Priority Projects

  • Various planned community trail work ($575,000)
  • Rehabilitation work on Meech Lake Road ($1.9M)
  • Rehabilitation work on chemin de la Rivière ($10.3M)




Municipal taxes


Chelsea residents will receive their tax bills by the end of January. This will be accompanied by a brochure explaining the budget highlights.

Payment of the four coupons is due on the following dates:

  • March 1, 2021
  • May 1, 2021
  • July 1, 2021
  • September 1, 2021


For details regarding the payment of municipal taxes, click here.




Adoption of the operating budget for the year 2020


At a special meeting held on Tuesday, December 17, Municipal Council adopted its operating budget for 2020.


Official press release

Discours de la mairesse (translation to come)


A balanced budget of $ 19.8 million


Tax increase of 3.4% caused by, among other things:

  • The NCC’s valuation challenge, which creates more than $280,000 of uncertainty in PILT revenues, plus the $54 000 legal and evaluation fees to be assumed by the Municipality
  • The $255,829 increase in the share paid to the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, mainly due to the unexpected increase in fees for the processing of recyclable materials and fees for adapted and public transit.
  • The increase of more than 50% in snow removal contracts awarded throughout Quebec
  • Preventive slope stabilization work along Chelsea Creek (75% subsidized by the Government of Quebec)


Tax rate 2020

  • $0,7933 per $100 for residential evaluation
  • $1,1209 per $100 for non-residential evaluation



Concretely, this means an increase of $108 for a median property valued at $415 000.



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Water and sewer system cost increase inevitable



The cost of the water and sewer system for the centre-village this year is close to the forecasts made at the beginning of the infrastructure project. The variance from previous years is explained by the increase in operations and maintenance expenses, which vary according to the number of homes and businesses connected to the network.


Water filtration plant

  • Purchase of two membrane banks to optimize production flow and reduce water losses
  • Replacement of parts for dosing pumps to prevent variances when adding chemicals
  • Replacement of UV lamps and probes to ensure drinking water quality
  • Additional professional fees to perform vulnerability analysis as requested by the Ministère de l’Environnement

Wastewater treatment plant

  • Replacement of UV lamps to ensure compliance with environmental standards
  • Replacement of lifting chains for greater worker efficiency and safety


Farm point

The increase for the Farm Point area is due to the need to empty aerated wastewater treatment tanks, a procedure carried out every seven to eight years to ensure water quality at the tank outlets.



Triennal Capital Expenses Program


As provided for in the Municipal Code, Council must adopt, each year, a  triennal capital expenses program for the following three years. It provides a global vision of projects in order to better anticipate financial needs.

This program has to be divided into annual phases. It must detail, for the period coinciding with it, the purpose, amount and method of financing the capital expenditures that the municipality plans to make and whose financing period exceeds 12 months.


For information
Taxation and Finance Department