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More money is being poured into repairs to roads and water infrastructure. Here are the highlights of Mayor Valérie Plantes 2019 budget.

Most businesses will see a drop in taxes thanks to a change in how non-residential building owners are charged.

PHOTOS: TVRA Central championship football game

“This budget will make a difference in the lives of our citizens today and for the generations to come,” Mayor Valérie Plante said as she unveiled Montreal’s $5.7-billion budget for 2019 on Thursday.

“It will also make a difference for our business owners, who are behind the vitality of our neighbourhoods.”

Montreal gets the bulk of its revenue — 68 per cent, or $3.9 billion — from property taxes.

In 2019, the average tax hike for residential properties will be 1.7 per cent, which matches Montreal’s projected inflation rate for next year.

In Montreal’s previous budget, covering 2018, the average hike for homeowners was 3.3 per cent, an increase for which Plante took heat because she had campaigned on a promise to raise taxes by no more than the rate of inflation (about two per cent at the time).

Here’s how the increases will affect the tax bills of typical residential properties in three categories:

The city of Montreal’s budget has an impact on the island’s suburbs, which share policing, firefighting, transit and other services with Montreal.

In 2019, Montreal’s 15 demerged suburbs will pay an average of two per cent more than last year for such services.

In previous years, the island’s 15 demerged cities had seen increases of about the inflation rate. But in 2018, on average, they had to pay 5.3 per cent more. Hardest hit at the time: Town of Mount Royal (9.8 per cent) and Montreal West (9 per cent).

With a population of 246,000, the 15 suburbs represent about 13 per cent of the 1.9 million people who live in the Montreal Island agglomeration.

The city is cutting by 10 per cent the amount of taxes paid on the first $500,000 of the assessed value of non-residential buildings, including those used for offices, retail and industry. The measure applies to buildings valued at less than $3 million.

Just under 60 per cent of Montreal’s non-residential buildings are valued at less than $500,000.

For a building valued at $450,000, the change will result in a $1,610 drop in taxes in 2019, the city says. For a $1-million building, the savings will be $1,439.

For buildings valued at between $3 million and $10 million, the average hike will be 0.8 per cent. Those valued at more than $10 million will see average hikes of 1.8 per cent.

With a $5.7 billion budget, Montreal will spend $233 million more in 2019 than it did in 2018, a 4.3-per-cent increase.

Four of out every 10 dollars the city collects — $2.2 billion — will be spent on salaries and benefits.

The biggest line items: public security (just over $1 billion, or 18 per cent of the budget), and debt servicing ($948 million, 17 per cent).

Montreal’s snow removal budget will rise by $3 million. In 2019, the city has budgeted $166.4 million. That’s 3 per cent of Montreal’s budget.

In addition to the budget, the city published its $6.5-billion capital-works plan for the next three years.

In 2018, about $440 million is going to repairing water mains and sewer pipes. Over the next three years, the city expects to spend $528 million per year on such work.

For both roadwork and water infrastructure, the planned annual expenditures amount to almost four times what the city was spending five years ago.

It has budgeted $60 million over three years for the purchase of natural environments. That $20 million per year is more than six times the amount the city has recently been spending annually to buy land for green spaces, said Luc Ferrandez, the executive committee member responsible for large parks.

Lucas' Liam Fulton and Matt Bain converge on South running back L.J. Dyer during their TVRA Central championship game at the City Wide fields on Thursday November 8, 2018. After a 1-1 first half where both teams made great stops, and missed field goals, South went ahead 8-1 in the fourth only to be matched immediately by Lucas making the game 8-8. A late run by Lucas'Nicholas Barnes sealed the deal at 14-8 as both teams stuggled to move the ball and each team had a massive amount of penalties. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

Lucas' Nicholas Barnes is lifted into the air by South's Kyle Comeau during their TVRA Central championship game at the City Wide fields on Thursday November 8, 2018. After a 1-1 first half where both teams made great stops, and missed field goals, South went ahead 8-1 in the fourth only to be matched immediately by Lucas making the game 8-8. A late run by Lucas'Nicholas Barnes sealed the deal at 14-8 as both teams stuggled to move the ball and each team had a massive amount of penalties. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

Lucas receiver Sam Spoelstra can't make the catch on a low pass as he's covered by South's Jonah Lopez during their TVRA Central championship game at the City Wide fields on Thursday November 8, 2018. After a 1-1 first half where both teams made great stops, and missed field goals, South went ahead 8-1 in the fourth only to be matched immediately by Lucas making the game 8-8. A late run by Lucas'Nicholas Barnes sealed the deal at 14-8 as both teams stuggled to move the ball and each team had a massive amount of penalties. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

South's Jacob Saunders knocks the ball loose from Lucas receiver Patrick Murphy during their TVRA Central championship game at the City Wide fields on Thursday November 8, 2018. After a 1-1 first half where both teams made great stops, and missed field goals, South went ahead 8-1 in the fourth only to be matched immediately by Lucas making the game 8-8. A late run by Lucas'Nicholas Barnes sealed the deal at 14-8 as both teams stuggled to move the ball and each team had a massive amount of penalties. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

South's Scott Nichols coughs up the ball, one of many fumbles during the game as he gets hit by Lucas, but South was able to recover during their TVRA Central championship game at the City Wide fields on Thursday November 8, 2018. After a 1-1 first half where both teams made great stops, and missed field goals, South went ahead 8-1 in the fourth only to be matched immediately by Lucas making the game 8-8. A late run by Lucas'Nicholas Barnes sealed the deal at 14-8 as both teams stuggled to move the ball and each team had a massive amount of penalties. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

Lucas defensive back Will Adam grabs the grill of South' running back L.J. Dyer during their TVRA Central championship game at the City Wide fields on Thursday November 8, 2018. After a 1-1 first half where both teams made great stops, and missed field goals, South went ahead 8-1 in the fourth only to be matched immediately by Lucas making the game 8-8. A late run by Lucas'Nicholas Barnes sealed the deal at 14-8 as both teams stuggled to move the ball and each team had a massive amount of penalties. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

Lucas wide receiver Will Adam, bounces outside and scores the first Lucas touchdown bringing them to 8-8 with the South Lions in the fourth quarter of their TVRA Central championship game at the City Wide fields on Thursday November 8, 2018. After a 1-1 first half where both teams made great stops, and missed field goals, South went ahead 8-1 in the fourth only to be matched immediately by Lucas making the game 8-8. A late run by Lucas'Nicholas Barnes sealed the deal at 14-8 as both teams stuggled to move the ball and each team had a massive amount of penalties. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

South quarterback Ethan Martin, slowed by hamstring injury was sacked several times by Lucas while waiting for his receivers to open up. George Sotiriadis and Erik Anderson of Lucas combine on this sack late in their TVRA Central championship game at the City Wide fields on Thursday November 8, 2018. After a 1-1 first half where both teams made great stops, and missed field goals, South went ahead 8-1 in the fourth only to be matched immediately by Lucas making the game 8-8. A late run by Lucas'Nicholas Barnes sealed the deal at 14-8 as both teams stuggled to move the ball and each team had a massive amount of penalties. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

South quarterback Ethan Martin, slowed by hamstring injury was sacked several times by Lucas while waiting for his receivers to open up. Jake Hart and Siwon Lee of Lucas combine on this sack, deep in the South end late in their TVRA Central championship game at the City Wide fields on Thursday November 8, 2018. After a 1-1 first half where both teams made great stops, and missed field goals, South went ahead 8-1 in the fourth only to be matched immediately by Lucas making the game 8-8. A late run by Lucas'Nicholas Barnes sealed the deal at 14-8 as both teams stuggled to move the ball and each team had a massive amount of penalties. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

Lucas running back Nicholas Barnes gets the second Lucas touchdown between South's Kyle Comeau and Owen Apthorp with very little time left in the game making the score 14-8 (after a blocked convert) late in their TVRA Central championship game at the City Wide fields on Thursday November 8, 2018. After a 1-1 first half where both teams made great stops, and missed field goals, South went ahead 8-1 in the fourth only to be matched immediately by Lucas making the game 8-8. A late run by Lucas Nicholas Barnes sealed the deal at 14-8 as both teams stuggled to move the ball and each team had a massive amount of penalties. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network