Newmarket’s Stormwater Charge to be collected on the Newmarket Hydro Bill
December 2020, Newmarket residents will see the 2020 Stormwater Charge
collected as a line item on their Newmarket Hydro Bill in December 2020,
January 2021, February 2021 and March 2021. The Stormwater Charge is not a new
charge. It was introduced in 2017, and was previously collected with property
“Towns and Cities around the world are trying to react to the pressing need to
address Climate Change and its effects,” says Mayor John Taylor. “With more
stormwater runoff flowing into our lakes, rivers and streams, it’s important
that we continue to invest in stormwater management so we can reduce the
negative effects stormwater has on the environment and to lower the risk of
flooding that can damage your property.”
The shift to collecting the Stormwater Charge on the Newmarket Hydro bill was
made after hearing feedback from residents on their desire to streamline the
collection process. Collecting the Stormwater Charge on the Newmarket Hydro
Bill would keep all water-related charges on one bill, provide transparency on
the charge, and ease of payment for residents.
For the 2020 Stormwater Charge, the average single-detached residential home
will pay approximately $13.58 per instalment, the average semi-detached and
townhome will pay approximately $5.80 per instalment and the average high-rise
condo unit will pay approximately $4.35 per installment.
Properties that do not have a Newmarket Hydro utility account will be billed
the Stormwater Charge on their 2021 interim property tax bill.
The 2021 Stormwater Charge
will be collected on the Newmarket Hydro Bill with the July, August, September
and October 2021 bills.
Learn more about the Stormwater Charge by watching an informational video or visiting newmarket.ca/stormwatercharge
What is stormwater and why
is stormwater management important?
Stormwater is the rain and melted snow that flows from your property, onto the
street and into the storm drains. Along the way, stormwater picks up debris,
chemicals and other pollutants from rooftops and paved surfaces that can upset
the water quality of our lakes and rivers. Stormwater management is essential
to Newmarket. It reduces the negative effects of stormwater and lowers the risk
of flooding that can damage your property and the environment. Today, there is
more stormwater than ever before due to climate change and the growing
population in Newmarket.
The Stormwater Charge will be used to fund Stormwater Management initiatives
like low impact development (LID) and green infrastructure to minimize the
negative impacts of stormwater runoff.
Learn how the Town is managing its stormwater through low impact development
and green infrastructure by visiting newmarket.ca/lid