Reports on Nova Scotia municipal finances will alert public to trouble: minister

Harry Sullivan
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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia has launched online report cards for municipalities that the municipal services minister says will help alert the public to financial difficulties faced by local governments.

Mark Furey was joined by Kentville Mayor David Corkum, the president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, at the launch of the new website.

It contains 15 indicators that show each municipality's score in areas such as revenues, budget deficits and capital assets.

If the community falls below a benchmark it receives a red flag.

The latest information on the site is from the fiscal year 2011-12, but the province says it is aiming to provide updated information for the last two years by February.

Financial difficulties have already caused town councils in Springhill, Hantsport and Bridgetown to vote to dissolve and seek amalgamation with neighbouring municipalities.

Reports specific to Colchester County, Truro and Stewiacke to follow.

Organizations: Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Kentville, Springhill Bridgetown

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