School Tax 2017 – School board switching, an ethical move ?

Coeur des Vallées School Board Tax rate

The Coeur des Vallées school board 2017-2018 school tax bill rate is $0.31/$100 of valuation for Lac Gagnon property owners who pay their taxes to that board, up 7% from last year’s rate of $0.29/$100.

Western Quebec School Board Tax Rate

The tax rate at the Western Quebec board ( is $0.137/$100 of valuation. The difference between the two school boards is significant (230% more). For example, for a Lac Gagnon property valued at $250,000, it is $437.

For property owners who are able to do so, i.e. they have no school-aged children, there are very attractive financial reasons for switching. The Western Quebec School Board even has an on-line form for this purpose. In a letter included in this year’s tax bill, the Coeur des Vallées school board explained that it had to increase its rate because some 3,000 taxpayers have elected to change school boards. The rate gap can only be expected to increase.

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New Energy and Natural Resources Ministry Policies Allow Municipalities to Determine Their Mining-Incompatible Territories

In January 2017, the Quebec Energy and Natural Resources Ministry published its new mining sector policies in a document (French only) titled ‘’Pour assurer une cohabitation harmonieuse de l’activité minière avec les autres utilisations du territoire’’ .
Pour assurer une cohabitation harmonieuse de l’activité minière avec les autres utilisations du territoire (Ensuring harmonious cohabitation between mining and the other uses of the territory). You can also visit the English version of the government site for more information.
Municipalities are now able to withdraw certain parts of their territory from mining activities to prevent new mining rights on these areas. Existing rights, such as those for Lac à la Loutre, are considered to be grandfathered. Read More …

Lake Level

(April 16, 2017) The water level, as measured on April 15th, is 20 cm higher than it has been in the past four years. (lake level). This trend seems to indicate the level will rise even higher. Rain is expected for the coming week which could increase even higher the level of water.

(April 19, 2017) Update: Today, the water level reached 172 cm. That is 42 cm higher than it has been in the past four years. The level is approaching dangerously the record level (200 cm) observed in 2008. Water flooding may occur at some places.

(April 20, 2017) Update: Today, the water level reached 175 cm.
Notice from the Municipalité of Duhamel to waterside owners Read More …

Road Work – Loan

Loan By-Laws
The Duhamel Municipal Council adopted the following loan by-laws at its April 7, 2017 meeting: By-law 2017-05: Surface treatment work on Grande-Baie and and des Mésanges roads; By-law 2017-06: Surface treatment work on Pointe-à-Baptiste and Camille-Poliquin roads. These loan by-laws relate to meetings the Municipality held last year with property owners in those two sectors regarding proposed road work and paving. Attached, you will find French-language copies of the two loan by-laws as well as a table which indicates the estimated local improvement taxes under the “Tarification actuelle” column. Read More …

Road Work

The Municipality of Duhamel is considering major improvement work on some secondary roads. Residents of the four selected sectors were invited to consultation sessions that took place from the 10th to the 18th of June 2016. The topic will be discussed again at our annual meeting of July 3. This will allow all of our members to be informed of the project details and to express their opinions. Read More …