Concerned citizens believe Springhill can survive as a town

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SPRINGHILL – The application to dissolve the town's incorporation is pressing forward but concerned citizens here maintain Springhill can survive as a town.

Former MP and Cumberland County resident Bill Casey added his voice to the number of citizens concerned by the Town of Springhill’s decision to dissolve at a public meeting on May 1st. This week it was announced Casey will co-chair a citizens group seeking economic developments for Springhill to increase its tax-base.

In a press release issued this week, Murray Scott says the concerned citizens are continuing to meet since the Town of Springhill's public meeting to outline its financial situation and are preparing for the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board's public hearing in the community later this month.

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board will be holding a hearing in Springhill on June 18th, at which time the Board will decide the individuals and/or groups who will be granted formal standing for the fall meeting. At the same time, the decision will be made as to what studies will be undertaken.

Those wishing to appear on the 18th of June, to have input in regards to the studies to be undertaken, must submit a request by mail, fax, or e-mail, no later than 13th of June. Others who wish to have formal standing at the fall meeting, where they can call witnesses or cross-examine witnesses, must submit an application in writing by mail, fax, or e-mail, no later than Wednesday June 11,2014.

The citizens' committee will be applying to have input into the studies on the 18th of June and as well will be applying for formal standing at the fall hearing.

A representative from the Utility and Review Board has stated there will be further communications in the months ahead to inform citizens who are not seeking formal standing of the time frame for those who wish to appear before the board to present their own personal opinions at the fall meeting, the press release from the concerned citizens group stated.

The volunteer citizens' committee has developed  sub-committees and is working on economic opportunities for the Town of Springhill and reviewing the budget of Town Departments with the view of reducing the numbers to assist the town in its operations.

The committee believes Springhill can survive as an incorporated body if the will is there by both the citizens and elected officials.  

Organizations: Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

Geographic location: Springhill

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  • Citizen Joe
    June 03, 2014 - 15:56

    So Murray Scott and Bill Casey didn't go into retirement with their large pensions. They are going to stay and stick it to the poor seniors and low wage earners. how nice of them!! I hear they have a petition signed by a number of people, remember I said people not taxpaying citizens of Springhill. Some of these people were told on the May 1st meeting to sign the paper as it was attendance, they were signing not a signature in favour of the Concerned Citizens Committee were trying to do. Some of the people are not current residents of Springhill, some live here but don't pay any taxes, and I will bet of the 1600 taxpayers we do have likely less than 100 signed it. So when this group submits this petition, it will be challenged by the Utility Board and could look bad on this Committee for trying to put a fraud over on them. If we do not amalgamate taxes will go up $0.59 for both businesses and residents. Again the low wage earners and seniors will have to pay or be forced from their homes, many of which their fathers/mothers built during the mining years. Congratulations to the members of the Committee for trying to force others with low incomes to live at Committee members incomes. You be ashamed of yourselves. Springhill has a chance to get assistance from the Province, now, when later it may be too late.

  • more of the same
    June 03, 2014 - 11:47

    What numbers are they proposing to be reduced ? Is it number of town employees ? , Number of police ? , Tax rate numbers ? Costs in each department ? Number of pensions ? Number of overtime hours ? Number of elected officials ? Number of schools ? Number of roads ? Is the committee doing impact studies on how these proposed reduced numbers will effect the areas that the UARB is studying ? How will a reduced number civic model compare to the proposed amalgamated model that will have additional County and Province partnership ? The latter seems to be a dubious step in proposing the refusal of the financial and in kind input from both the County and the Province .......The numbers of dollars in value refused would be substantial .....

    • more of the same
      June 03, 2014 - 16:07

      P.S. more areas in question for a reduced numbered town .. Is the committee looking at reducing the number of dollars to retire the debts , reducing the number of fires extinguished , reducing the number of people in assisted housing , reducing the number tax relief approvals for seniors , reducing the number of street lights, reducing the number of vehicles, machinery ,and equipment ,reducing the number of public buildings, reducing the number of roads plowed , reducing grass cutting, reducing the days the rec center will be available and so on and so on....Refusing help from the County and Province will have an impact on the mentioned areas of service . Yes a reduced numbered town might be retained in name only but how would it hold the residents from moving or attract new citizens ?