SPRINGHILL – The town known for being the home of singer Anne Murray just as much for its coal mining past is not alone in seeking dissolution.
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Springhill Mayor Max Snow
This week the Town of Bridgetown announced it would follow in Springhill’s footsteps, seeking dissolution of it municipal government to join the larger municipality of Annapolis County.
It’s not an easy decision, but one Springhill’s Mayor Max Snow says he can sympathize with. The Town of Springhill announced earlier in March it will dissolve its government in April of next year.
“I congratulate them,” Snow said. “I think there are going to be more towns following Springhill and Bridgetown. The rumblings are there.”
While Bridgetown’s population is only a quarter of the 4,000 in Springhill, many of the issues the community’s faced are the same as Springhill, Snow said.
“It’s the economy and the state of town’s across Nova Scotia financially. You can’t put the tax rate up… like us, every year they’re running into a deficit and, short term, putting up taxes is a short-term solution. We can’t go out on our own anymore.”
Snow said he was not surprised another municipality in the province is seeking dissolution after Springhill made headlines for making a motion to dissolve in light of a unmanageable $5.1 million deficit, but the timing is.
“I figured after Springhill, maybe next year after seeing how things go, more would come out.”