Budget 2021

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This consultation has concluded and the 2021 budget has been approved.

As the Town prepares for its 2021 and 2022 capital and operating budget review, we are asking residents about their budget priorities and what programs and services are important to them. We encourage residents to take this opportunity to express their thoughts on important issues and we look forward to receiving feedback from the community.

In 2019, Council approved its very first multi-year budget covering three years, 2020, 2021 and 2022. However, it is required by law to undertake a final review and approval of each coming year’s budget to ensure its continued alignment with the Town’s priorities.

The Town’s

As the Town prepares for its 2021 and 2022 capital and operating budget review, we are asking residents about their budget priorities and what programs and services are important to them. We encourage residents to take this opportunity to express their thoughts on important issues and we look forward to receiving feedback from the community.

In 2019, Council approved its very first multi-year budget covering three years, 2020, 2021 and 2022. However, it is required by law to undertake a final review and approval of each coming year’s budget to ensure its continued alignment with the Town’s priorities.

The Town’s priorities align with those of Council, as well as its approved Strategic Plan, all of which are heavily influenced by the Town’s businesses and residents.

Overall the Town strives to ensure that every approved budget:

  • Allows for the continued delivery of the Town’s programs and services that residents have come to expect
  • Achieves all defined service levels
  • Invests in the long term sustainability of the Town’s essential infrastructure
  • Supports the Town’s strategic plan objectives


How to engage

Our official budget kickoff is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. This is when the 2021 budget will be tabled. The review of this budget will take place over a series of Budget Committee meetings in November, with a final review by Council scheduled for December 15.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend, whether in person or virtually through our livestream. The budget meetings schedule is listed in the key dates section in the right-hand column. For more information on attending an upcoming Budget Meeting in person, or to access the meeting livestream, please visit: aurora.ca/councilandcommittees


Learn more about the budget

The Town of Aurora is a lower tier municipality that receives the majority of its revenues from property taxes. The Town develops a budget for every fiscal year. The development of each annual budget is an extensive, thorough process, involving stakeholders’ input and reflecting decisions made throughout the year. Town priorities align with Council’s priorities and our approved Strategic Plan.

The majority of the Town’s total budget is allocated to its front line services such as roads, parks, recreation, fire, development and library services. The remaining budget funds are allocated to resources required to support its front line services.

The 2020 annual budget for the Town of Aurora is $96.2M, including $71.8M for operating expenditures and $24.4M allocated to capital expenditures.

For more information on the 2020 budget please see the following resources:

This consultation has concluded and the 2021 budget has been approved.

  • 2021 Budget Approved

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    16 Dec 2020
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    Last night Council approved the 2021 and 2022 municipal budgets with a focus on fiscal sustainability balanced with quality of life for Aurora residents. The approved operating budget includes a 1.96% tax increase in 2021 and 2.9% in 2022.

    The 2021 tax increase of 1.96% is 1.44% lower than what was initially approved by Council in 2020, which for an average home assessed at $800,000 will mean an increase of $47 per year, or $4 per month. Of that, only 0.5% – or $1 per
    month – is required to sustain municipal services and programs at their current levels. One percent is allocated to the financing and operation of Library Square, and the final 0.46% is dedicated to the Town’s capital program. This budget also results in smaller required increases to the Town’s water, wastewater and stormwater rates than was previously approved.

    For more details on the budget process and to see the approved budget, please visit: aurora.ca/budget2021