Springhill, county file information with utility and review board

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Amalgamation planned for April 2015

SPRINGHILL – The Town of Springhill and the Municipality of Cumberland County filed information with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board on Thursday, Aug. 28t, as required under the UARB review process for the Town’s application for dissolution.

Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey, transition co-ordinator John Leefe and Springhill Mayor Max Snow look on as Cumberland County Keith Hunter speaks during a press conference announcing Leefe’s appointment.

The information includes reports prepared by municipal staff and external consultants with assistance of the Springhill/Cumberland Transition Committee and Transition Coordinator John Leefe.

The UARB review process provides for questions and comments on the evidence from those organizations who have registered with the review board, leading to a formal hearing process in December.

There are also opportunities for the public to provide comments and appear at the hearing.

The transition committee, with representatives from both the Town of Springhill and Cumberland County, will be organizing additional public information events this fall to discuss the evidence presented.

Springhill Mayor Max Snow is pleased with the work done by staff and consultants over a very short time frame in order to meet the UARB deadline.

“There has been a lot of hard work done by many people to understand the situation being faced by the town and to document this for an independent review by the Review Board. Council is pleased to see that the reports provided to the UARB confirm our hope that a merger with Cumberland County will support the community’s future growth and reduce tax rates, while still protecting the staff and organizations that make this a good place to live and work.”

For the residents of Cumberland County, the evidence presented to the UARB confirms that council’s decision earlier this year to work with the Town of Springhill to support the dissolution process was a good one.

Cumberland Warden Keith Hunter believes this is the start of a process, which will result in improved government for all of Cumberland County.

“We are still going through the consultant reports on finance and infrastructure ourselves, and there is a lot to take in. The evidence filed on Aug. 28 indicates the municipality can be a good neighbour to the town in this process of dissolution, and provide a better joint government as a result. We have all been challenged by the Ivany Report and our residents to do things better and more cost effectively, and this looks like a good first step in that process.”

Organizations: Cumberland Transition Committee, Review Board

Geographic location: Springhill, Cumberland County

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  • Joe Smith
    September 09, 2014 - 20:27

    I would like to SHOUT OUT a big thank you to the taxpayers in Cumberland County who are going to assist with the amalgamation of Springhill and Cumberland County by paying an increased tax rate of 4 cents per hundred (from their current $1.04 per hundred to $1.08 per hundred), their projected reserve fund will go from $1.9 million to approximately one hundred thousand dollars. Oh, did I also mention the tax rate in Springhill would be reduced by .35 cents per hundred? Once amalgamation takes place they will borrow $17 million to spend on Springhill's infrastructure which ALL COUNTY taxpayers will have to pay back. You say this can't be true? All of this information is contained in the report from the Town of Springhill and the County of Cumberland that was submitted to the Nova Scotia Public Utilities Review Board and is public information posted on the URB website. If you don't believe me - read the report yourself. So if you pay taxes in the county, you should be upset with amalgamation. If you pay taxes in Springhill don't be too quick to say this is a great deal. You also should read this report because it says all of these conditions are subject to approval from the new council. So let me see, the new council will have 2 councillors who will be representing part of Springhill along with part of the county. Since the 2 representatives for Springhill will be significantly outnumbered by representatives from the rest of the county is there anyone who believes that any of the stuff for Springhill will ever take place??? If you don't believe me then read the report !!

  • wingman
    September 02, 2014 - 13:45

    Springhill Mayor mentioned a reduction in the tax rate for Springhill residents. Will the rest of the County also see their taxes reduced or will yours mine be raised as a result of this take over. These are questions I wanted answered.