2021 Budget


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​2021 Budget
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On December 14, Town of Newmarket Council approved the 2021 Budget. The total approved 2021 Operating Budget is $137.0 million and the Capital Budget is $37.9 million, with a combined total of $174.9 million.

Newmarket continues to strive to keep the tax rate approximately 10 per cent below the GTA average. Based on an average single-detached home with an assessment value of $700,000, a 465 square metre lot, using 200 cubic metres of water per year, residents will see an increase of $42.86 ($3.57 per month) on their tax bill for 2021. There will be a $49.44 ($4.12 per month) increase on the water and wastewater bill and an increase of $4.21 (35 cents per month) for the stormwater charge.

Highlights from the 2021 Budget include:

  • Construction of Newmarket's first outdoor skate park
  • A new Central York Fire Services fire station and a new fleet of fire trucks
  • Completion of the Mulock Property Master Plan
  • Trail and field lighting enhancements and fleet replacement
  • Municipal infrastructure and road resurfacing
  • Improvements for bridges and culverts
  • Traffic safety initiatives
  • New park developments

Each year the Town of Newmarket undertakes a detailed budget planning process to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community now and in the future. This includes valuable input from the community which helps guide the Strategic priorities of Council. This year, the global pandemic has had a significant impact on our community. The Town is doing everything possible to try to mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19. This budget balanced the competing priorities of the economic impact of the pandemic with fiscal responsibility in the 2021 budget. Throughout the budget process, the Town was able to realize $800,000 in savings and an additional $200,000 savings from the Administrative and Service Delivery Review (Rev it Up) for a total savings of $1 million.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 Budget Survey

The 2021 Budget Survey has now closed and we will be selecting the winner of the $100 gift card from a local Newmarket restaurant shortly in support of our Choose Local campaign. Results from the survey showed that residents wanted the Town to continue to maintain all its service levels, while providing more support for local businesses during the pandemic. As a result of this feedback, Council increased their support by allocating $100,000 to help local businesses – $50,000 more than what was originally proposed.

Newmarket Council also created a contingency fund as recommended in the Town's Fiscal Strategy and through strong support from residents that participated in the budget survey. With the COVID-19 landscape changing daily, it is important that the Town is prepared for emergencies like the pandemic to ensure all service levels can be maintained. Ensuring all services levels being maintained was the number one priority for the majority of residents that participated in 2021 Budget Survey.

Budget Engagement Session

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday, November 5 for the Facebook Live for a budget engagement session. View a copy of the presentation or the archived video on Facebook to learn more! 

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Budget Reports and Presentations

Budget Reports and Presentations

Council endorsed the process and targets for the 2021 budget at a Special Council meeting held on May 19, 2020 - Electronic, Item 5.3 

On October 5, 2020 at the Committee of the Whole meeting - Electronic, Council was presented with the preliminary draft budgets, which included a 2.99 per cent increase which equates to approximately $64.79 for the average residential property assessed at $700,000. 


A Special Committee of the Whole meeting - Electronic was held on October 19, 2020 to review the Capital and Rate-Supported Operating (Water, Wastewater and Stormwater) Budgets. 

The meeting started with a presentation on Asset Management Report Cards. The budget presentation starts at the 1:07 mark.  

Council is reviewing the list of deferred capital projects for reconsideration of possible inclusion in the 2021 program. 

Three options were presented for an updated 10-year financial plan, Committee preferred Option 2 for the 2021 budget and as the basis for a plan update in 2021. 

A Special Committee of the Whole meeting - Electronic was held on November 9, 2020 to review the Tax-Supported Operating Budget. 

Video for the Special Committee of the Whole meeting on November 9, 2020: https://pub-newmarket.escribemeetings.com/Players/ISIStandAlonePlayer.aspx?ClientId=newmarket&FileName=New%20Encoder_SCOWE_2020-11-09-12-43.mp4

The meeting started with a presentation on Asset Management Report Cards.  The budget presentation starts at the 1:29 mark. 

Presentation of the 2021 Draft Tax-Supported Budgets 


2021 Preliminary Draft Tax-Supported Operating Budget 


Appendix A - Summary of Tax-Supported Operating Budget Decision Packages, Base 


Appendix B - Summary of Tax-Supported Operating Budget Decision Packages, Growth


Appendix C - Summary of Deferred Tax-Supported Operating Budget Decision Packages 


Council has directed staff to provide options to reduce the tax increase by at least 1%.  This will be included in the Draft Budget discussions at the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for December 7, 2020. 

Presentation of 2021 Draft Budget 


2021 Draft Budget Report 


Appendix A 


Appendix B 


Appendix C 


Appendix D


Appendix E 


Appendix F


2021 Fees & Charges Overview Report 


2021 User Fees & Charges Report General 


Schedule D 


Schedule E


Schedule F 


2021 Water & Wastewater Rates Report 


Schedule A - Water & Wastewater Rates 


2021 Stormwater Rates Report 


Schedule A - Stormwater Rates


2021 Financial Relief Program in response to Covid-19 Presentation 


Staff Report 2021-02 Financial Relief Program in Response to Covid-19


Central York Fire Services Budget Information 

The above items were reviewed at a meeting held on October 13, 2020 and additional information was provided in a report. 

The results of the Joint Council Committee review and any adjustments will be forwarded to Aurora Council for comment, and then to Newmarket Council for final approval. 

    Attend a Budget Meeting

    Budget Meeting Schedule

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    Get involved and attend a budget meeting virtually. All Council and Committee of the Whole meetings will be streamed live online at newmarket.ca/meetings at the start time indicated below. All meetings will also be archived to be viewed at a later date. 

    You can also join the discussion by making a live video deputation, calling into the meeting to provide your comments, or emailing your comments to clerks@newmarket.ca before the deadline posted on the meeting agenda. Learn more about how you can get involved. 

    ​Presentations and Supporting Documents (listed above) 
    ​​October 13, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. 
    ​Special Joint Council Committee meeting to review Central York Fire Services' Budget ​ 
    ​​October 19, 2020
    ​Special Committee of the Whole meeting dedicated to review the Capital and Rate-supported Operating Budgets, and the Rate-Supported Financial Plans

    ​Virtual Budget meeting engagement session for residents 
    ​November 9
    ​Special Committee of the Whole meeting dedicated to review the Tax-supported Operating Budget and the financial Strategy
    ​December 7
    ​Committee of the Whole - Presentation of the Draft Budgets and remaining Fees and Charges for approval
    ​​December 14
    ​Target date for approval of the 2021 budget and remaining Fees and Charges 

    Additional Information about the Budget

    For more information email info@newmarket.ca or call 905-895-5193