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Group focused on Springhill's financial situation

SPRINGHILL – A group of concerned citizens in Springhill are holding a public meeting to discuss the dissolution of the Town of Springhill.

Town of Springhill

The committee behind the meeting called for Thursday, May 1, will present information they received regarding the decision and create an opportunity for citizens and taxpayers to voice any concerns.

Former Cumberland South MLA Murray Scott, a member of the concerned citizens commitee, says mayor and council have been invited to attend the meeting, which will take place at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre.

"We all want what is best for the Town of Springhill and its citizens, both now and in the future," a press release from the committee reads. "We encourage you to come and take part. Your input and presence is vital in order to determine the next steps. If future actions are to be continued, our council must see your show of support and concern."

The press release also states arrangement can be made for anyone requiring a drive to the meeting by calling 902-597-3040.

 

Geographic location: Springhill

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  • GOD
    April 21, 2014 - 18:16

    Roll up for the Murray Scott Magical Money Mystery Tour, and watch as he pulls $5.1 million out of a hat and rescues the town of Springhill from decades of debt.

  • ralf
    April 19, 2014 - 21:19

    dare not this group represent me at any meeting. I can only assume they are speaking for themselves.

  • Colin Martin
    April 19, 2014 - 11:55

    Canso is a Canadian community in Guysborough County, on the north-eastern tip of mainland Nova Scotia, next to Chedabucto Bay. In January 2012, it ceased to be a separate town and as of July 2012 was amalgamated into Guysborough County's political unit [2] The area was established in 1604, along with Port Royal, Nova Scotia. The British construction of a fort in the village (1720), was instrumental in contributing to Dummer's War (1722–1725). The town is of national historic importance because it was one of only two British settlements in Nova Scotia prior to the establishment of Halifax (1749). Canso played a key role in the defeat of Louisbourg This recent information will show that Canso was a dissolved as a Town, and had similar history to that of Springhill. Canso had applied to be a Village, I see here they are a Community, the same as Springhill will be. Murray Scott and his group should get their facts right. It is plain to see that some people are making snowballs and getting Murray to throw them. We have a 5.1 Million dollar debt, only 53% of the taxpayers were able to pay their taxes, the police budget is 1.5 million dollars and the Public Works budget is 1.6 million dollars, the police contract will be up for renewal again soon, and likely the Public Works shortly after that. We only have 1600 taxpayers and no-one is going to move here because of the high taxes and the condition of the roads. Let the people, that we elected, do what is best for all Springhill residents not just of a few well off people

  • Silas
    April 18, 2014 - 11:35

    Excellent point Noodle. People are just pee'd that they were not informed about it. But they were informed and council had a public meeting to explain the decision. It had to happen. Look at the other towns doing the same thing. 10 years from now 90% of towns in this province will be amalgamated with their respective counties.

  • Dave
    April 18, 2014 - 11:26

    The only thing I can see coming out of all of this is the rest of the County's tax payers getting screwed!!!!!!

    • noodle
      April 23, 2014 - 18:15

      To Dave: It's interesting that you think somehow the county residents will be screwed by Springhill's dissolution. Consider this: How many county residents work in the county? Many take wages out of towns like Springhill, Amherst and Oxford yet the financial benefit goes to the county through their property taxes. In that regard, the county will benefit greatly from the added taxes it receives from the Springhill Pen, Ropak, Surrette Batteries, Maritime Pressure and the many other businesses and residents of Springhill. Even if the county were to absorb Springhill's debt (which is highly doubtful) it would be paid off relatively quickly through the increase in taxes paid to the county by former Springhill businesses and residents. The increase to the overall tax base will eventually mean lower taxes and/or better services for all county residents. The increase in population will also have a positive impact by creating a greater voice with the province.

  • noodle
    April 18, 2014 - 11:10

    Most opponents seem more focussed on not being informed prior to the council's dissolution motion. However, no one is offering any sound logic on why the actual dissolution itself is a bad idea. The logic offered in support of dissolution is that the town is heavily in debt and will continue to go further into debt because it no longer has the tax base to cover its operational expenses. This tells me the only way Springhill can remain incorporated is to raise taxes. No valid argument has been made offering a way to remain a town and still maintain the current tax rate. It would be a shame if the battle lines over dissolution were drawn between those who can afford to pay higher taxes and those who cannot. One would think a community would have more consideration for its less fortunate residents.

  • GOD
    April 18, 2014 - 10:29

    This committee was put together for one reason and one reason only, to save the Springhill Police Department. That's the endgame and anybody who thinks otherwise is only kidding them selves. Murray Scott''s old buddies, including police chief Dean Ruddick, put him up to this, and now Scott thinks he's the unofficial mayor of Springhill. What's wrong with Springhill? First off, they have cops who haven't worked for years but still collect a cop’s paycheque, second, the police department takes up a vast majority of the town’s budget and, third, Springhill has people in town who think they shouldn't have to pay taxes. What kind of town doesn't collect taxes? Who came up with this stupid idea? It would be best if the county took over because, at the very least, they expect their citizens to pay taxes. Also, who's going to pay off the town's $5.1 million debt? Murray Scott? Hahahahahaha. Good luck with that.

    • Adam
      April 20, 2014 - 09:03

      You have big mouth.

  • colin martin
    April 18, 2014 - 09:07

    First of all, there is no Citizen's Committee. It is only a group of concerned citizens and if this group did their homework they would see that Canso had voted for a Village Status, a while back. The Town's of Pictou and New Glasgow and Pictou County joined services and the government is suggesting that Trenton and Scotsburn join them as well. The Town of Parrsboro has a connection with Amherst and the County to utilize services, Hantsport voted this week to dissolve and BridgeTown had already done so. . None of these Communities/Towns were in debt like we are. Town Council made this decision in the best interest of its citizens, not a few rich citizens that want to hold on to a Town Status, at the expense of its citizens. None of this so called citizen's committee members ever made a run for Council so they could make a difference, all they want to do is sit back and throw snowballs. Again this Concerned Citizens group is not serving in the best interests of the Town or its citizens. Going to any meeting will not allow you to voice your opinion's, you will be chastised for having an opinion opposite to theirs, because you can see they already made their minds up

    • noodle
      April 18, 2014 - 10:22

      I am inclined to agree with you that this meeting is more about garnering support than being a true forum for open dialogue.

  • Silas
    April 18, 2014 - 01:22

    Great, this will make everything better...who has the 5 million to spare.?????

  • Doug.P
    April 17, 2014 - 13:57

    This will accomplish what? Maybe they can pass around a hat and everyone can throw in a couple hundred thousand each. Maybe , just maybe, they can buy back yesterday. let it go and let the residents have their tax break. As well, repudiate the towns debt while your at it.