150 homes to lose water service tomorrow

Christopher Gooding
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SPRINGHILL – The well will run dry for 150 water utility users here in Springhill tomorrow.

The Town of Springhill issued more than 500 final notices for customers to make arrangements on their water bills or lose the service but only 350 took action.

On Tuesday, the remaining 150 can expect to see public works employees and backhoes on their lawns if they don’t react in the next 24 hours.

“One of the things I want to stress is this council wants the water utility to be self-sufficient,” Springhill mayor Allen Dill said. “Springhill has a modern water treatment plant that gives good, clean water and there is a cost to maintaining that.”

The water utility is still operating under a deficit since the building of the water treatment plant, the mayor said, and an application to raise water taxes to get that deficit under control was recently approved by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The success of making the utility sustainable, however, is on taxpayers as well as staff.

“In order to make the utility sustainable people have to pay their taxes or the utility and taxpayers incur the burden.”

At the end of the day, the mayor said, the town has to be fiscally responsible as to its taxpayers. Someone who doesn’t maintain their car payments can expect to have their vehicle repossessed and shutting off the water on a household that fails to pay its taxes is no different.

Presently, town hall is still accepting payments-in-full on accounts and in some instances might be able to negotiate arrangements

Organizations: Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL

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  • Drew Fraser
    June 15, 2011 - 11:49

    If you pay the water bill like the majority, they wont shut you off. Pretty simple. BTW, have you noticed how many nice cars and trucks drive on the streets here? try NOT making the vehicle payment, see what happens. SHAKE YOUR HEADS, what do you hear, ( )

  • Drew Fraser
    June 15, 2011 - 11:46

    If you pay the water bill like the majority, they wont shut you off. Pretty simple. BTW, have you noticed how many nice cars and trucks drive on the streets here? try NOT making the vehicle payment, see what happens. SHAKE YOUR HEADS, what do you hear, ( )

  • Joe Smith
    June 15, 2011 - 07:48

    Proud Springhiller - get your facts straight, Springhill's tax rate is among the highest in the province, then there is undrinkable water and garbage collection on top of that. Then you have a council who threatens to dig up water lines (as opposed to just shutting off water like other municipalities) and threaten to take plows off the road when the residents (who again pay some of the highest rates in the province) have the nerve to complain. Certainly people should pay their bills but lets be realistic, how much of the Town's tax dollars will be spent digging, refilling and then replacing those water lines? This council has a chip on its shoulder and serious God complex.

  • Ali Bubba
    June 14, 2011 - 10:43

    All I can do is laugh at this stuff, pay more taxes so everyone can get a raise and the rest will stay the same. The water will still be undrinkable and stink, but the people looking after it will be getting paid more and more.

  • Ron Jeremy
    June 14, 2011 - 07:41

    RE: Proud Springhiller. I agree with you in that taxes should be paid just like every other expense in life. But how can you be proud of a town that has been mismanaged for decades??? Look at the infrastructure? Look at the crumbling sidewalks? Look at the basketball court which has been destroyed over time due to vandalism and lack of (expensive) policing? For once we have a decent town council but all of the previous ones were nothing but egotistical political fighting. I wonder how many homes has gotten away with non payment over decades? Because like everything else in the town, I am sure there was a lack of due diligence with the employees of the town. Look how long it took before clean water became available? The only thing Springhill is proud of is their seedy "tavern" which doesn't say a lot.

  • Just A Name
    June 13, 2011 - 16:16

    Hey there I understand about paying your taxes but hey were are the jobs. It is kinda hard to pay taxes when there are no jobs to pay them with.

  • Proud Springhiller
    June 13, 2011 - 13:48

    Dear ANGRY TAX PAYER, the taxes in Springhill are fair. If people would learn to pay their bills on time then the taxes wouldn't keep going up. The town needs to pay interest too if bills aren't paid. We have the cheapest water rates around. Amherst which is on meters pays more by the end of the year. Before you come back on the tax rate for land, we have it nice around here for rates. Go build a house somehwere else and see what you have to pay. What do you think the tax rate should be? And be realistic. I really don't understand how one can be mad. As for the water being shut off for not paying bills. Thumbs up. Banks would act no different when you don't make your house and car payment. Keep up the good work.

  • Angry tax payer
    June 13, 2011 - 12:40

    Let's raise the taxes a bit more and see if we can drive the rst of the town to move! Drive around and see how many houses ( including mine) are for sale due to EXTREMELY high taxes ( water and housing). GOODLUCK!