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What's up at council: Budget talks kick off; Hollingsworth Arena

The preliminary draft of the budget includes a 3.95 per cent tax increase
Newmarket Town Hall

There are several items coming up Monday at Newmarket’s committee of the whole agenda that have been the subject of community interest and discussion for some time.

From the proposed redevelopment of the Hollingsworth Arena site to the preliminary 2019 draft budget and how the town plans to spend your tax dollars, a lively debate is sure to ensue.

Here’s a preview of some of the items coming up Monday, Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in council chambers:

Preliminary Draft 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets Staff Report

Budget impact:

  • On Dec. 17, council set funding limits for the Town’s 2019 budgets. This included options for the tax-supported operating budget and the use of six-year financial plans for the rate-supported budgets.
  • The preliminary draft tax-supported budget would require a 3.95 per cent tax increase, which includes an additional one per cent as an infrastructure levy and no additional levy for Mulock Farm.
  • Options include reducing this increase to 3.2 per cent and to below 3.0 per cent. The combined water and wastewater increase would increase the cost to the average residence by 5.1 per cent.
  • The stormwater budget would increase the cost to the average residence by 11.8 per cent, or approximately $4 per year for the average residential property. 

Hollingsworth Arena site

Development impact:

  • Council will be presented with a report regarding two redevelopment concepts proposed by developer Briarwood Homes for the three subject properties (693 and 713 Davis Dr., and 35 Patterson St.), for the purposes of directing town staff to arrange a developer-led, non-statutory community meeting in early February.
  • The community will have an opportunity to see the developer’s proposed vision for the site at that time, as well as provide their own comments and feedback on the options presented.

To view the full agenda, visit here.

The committee of the whole will meet to discuss these and other items Monday, Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Municipal Offices council chambers, 395 Mulock Dr.

Check back here for more on these developing stories.

Editor's note: This story was updated Jan. 14 to reflect the correct time of this meeting, which is at 1:30 p.m. as well as the stormwater increase.


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