31.5.1. The budget of any municipality having a population of 20,000 or more must include an appropriation to provide for payment of sums to councillors as reimbursement for their research and support expenses.
Subject to the third paragraph, the appropriation must be equal to or greater than 1/15 of 1% of the total of all other appropriations provided for in the budget, except in the case of Ville de Montréal where such an appropriation must be equal to or greater than 1/30 of 1% of the total of all other appropriations provided for in the budget.
Where the budget of the municipality provides for appropriations for expenses related to the operation of a system of production, transmission or distribution of electric power, only 50% of those appropriations shall be taken into account in establishing the total of the appropriations referred to in the second paragraph.
A regulation of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy determines which research and support expenses are covered under the first paragraph.