2020 Budget


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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
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The Town of Newmarket Council has approved the 2020 budget. It is anticipated that this will result in an all-in (Town, York Region and School Board) tax increase of 2.39 per cent (subject to tax shifting and finalized tax rates from York Region and the School Board). Based on an average property assessment value of approximately $618,750, residents will see an increase of $59.74 on their tax bill, a water/wastewater rate increase of $59.72 (4.92 per cent) and a stormwater rate increase of $4.12 (10.86 per cent). The total approved 2020 Operating Budget is $134.6 million and the Capital Budget is $37.8 million, with a combined total of $172.4 million.

The most recent BMA Study (2019) found that Newmarket's property taxes are more than 10 per cent lower than the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) average. Each year, BMA Management Consulting completes a detailed municipal comparative study with all communities in the GTA and beyond as part of a comprehensive evaluation of a municipality's financial condition.

Highlights from the 2020 budget include:

  • $2.4 million towards trails and active transportation
  • $2.2 million for the continued implementation of the Recreation Playbook (including a new skate park design and splash pad construction)
  • $1.3 million for new park developments
  • $5.4 million for the design and construction of CYFS Station 4-5
  • $6.6 million for road rehabilitation
  • $1.6 million for fleet replacement
  • $1 million for road resurfacing
  • $623,000 for theatre renovations
  • $300,00 to advance the Mulock Farm Park/Property

The Town of Newmarket continues to take a responsible and sustainable approach to asset management, with 1 per cent of the Town's portion of the tax increase or $600,000 for annual contributions to the tax supported Asset Replacement Fund (ARF). The ARF was created in 1998 to ensure appropriate funding is available to replace and repair the Town's $1 billion (replacement cost) worth of capital assets, both now and long into the future.

The Town engaged residents in the 2020 budget process through its online engagement tool Hey Newmarket! and via the budget game which asked residents how they would like to see their tax dollars invested by ranking the Town's eight primary services by level of importance. The feedback captured was generally consistent with the town's 2018 community survey, which found that 85 per cent of residents surveyed felt they were receiving at least fair value for their tax dollars and user fees spent in support of town services.

The Town is currently undergoing an extensive Administrative and Service Delivery Review, known as Rev it up (Revenue, Efficiencies and Value Add). The goal is to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness to better support staff, improve services for Newmarket residents and businesses and enable the Town to better support the community. The Town of Newmarket was one of 39 municipalities to receive a grant from the Province of Ontario to conduct this type of review. Any cost savings realized through the REV initiative will be considered as part of the 2021 budget process.

Play the 2020 Budget Game

2020 Budget Reports and Presentations 

2019-130 Draft 2020 Operating and Capital Budgets Staff Report

2019-130 Appendix A Decision Packages for Base Budget

2019-130 Appendix B Decision Packages for Growth

2019-130 Appendix C 2020 Capital Program 

2019-130 Appendix D 2021 Capital Program

2019-130 Appendix E Capital Project Inquiries from Council

2019-130 Appendix F Budget Inquiries from Council

2019-130 Appendix G Resident Comments from Budget Game

2019-121 Recreation and Culture, Rates and Fees 2020

Schedule for 2020 Fees for Recreation

2019-122 - Fees and Charges - Various Departments 

2019-122 Schedule A - 2020 General

2019-122 - Schedule B - 2020 Finance IT Procurement

2019-122 Schedule C - 2020 Legal Services

2019-122 - Schedule D - 2020 Public Works

2019-122 - Schedule E - 2020 Engineering Services Fees Charges

2019-122 - Schedule F - 2020 Legislative Services - General Fees

2019-123 Stormwater Rates Report

2019-123 Attachment 2020 Stormwater Rates

2019-124 Building Permit Fees Report 2020

2019-124 - Schedule A - 2020 Building Permit Fees

2019-125 Fees and Charges Report - Water and Wastewater Rates 2020

2019-125 Schedule A 2020 Water and Wastewater Rates

2019-126 Planning Department Fees and Charges Report

2019-126 - Schedule A - Planning Department 2020 User Fees

2019-80 User Fees and Charges for 2020 - Licensing

Schedule A 2020 Legislative Services - Licensing Fees

PowerPoint Presentation October 15 Budget Process Update

2019-102 Report - 2020 Budget Process Update

PowerPoint Presentation October 28 Budget

2019-108 Report 2020 Preliminary Draft Rate-Supported Operating Budget

2019-110 Report 2020 Preliminary Draft Capital Budget

 Appendix A - 2020 Capital Budget Summary 

 Appendix B - 2020 Capital Budget Details 

 Appendix C - Capital Deferred Projects Summary

 Appendix D - Capital Deferred Projects Details 

 Appendix E - Cancelled Projects 

2020 Budget Process and Target Report

 Appendix A

 Appendix B 

 Appendix C  

 Appendix D