Town asking utility and review board to maintain status quo
AMHERST – Amherst is hoping to maintain the status quo for the next municipal election.
When voters go to the polls in 2016 they will continue to elect six councilors and a mayor at large. That’s the recommendation the town is making to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
“Under the Municipal Government Act, the town is required to review the size of council and ward boundaries, if applicable,” Coun. David March told council at its May meeting on Monday. “The review should consider the town’s population, the number of councilors per voter, geographic size, and generally whether the citizenry feels the number of councilors is appropriate.”
March said the town’s population has not changed much since the last review in 2007.
As well, he said, the town plans to hold a public hearing prior to its June 23 council meeting.
Amherst’s population increased by 2.2 per cent between the 2008 and 2012 elections to 9,717 while the number of voters increased by 1.4 per cent to 7,581 from 7,478.
The number of electors per councilor increased by 1.3 per cent to 1,263.