To the Editor,
On May 15, I attended the meeting in Springhill that reviewed the town's financials and explained why the decision was made to apply for the dissolution of town status.
The reason was given, but many chose not to listen. When the forum was opened to questions, Murray Scott immediately, and I feel deliberately, ambushed and took control of the meeting, creating the environment for the negativity and hostility that followed.
Everyone has the right to express an opinion, but if someone strongly opposes something, you should have a better solution to the problem.
Demands were made by Mr. Scott for a plebiscite. This would only add to the debt load of an already financially-strapped town. I can only assume that those that want a plebiscite also want to pay more taxes if this amalgamation is halted.
Maybe I can send my higher tax bill to Mr. Scott for payment.
Perhaps I missed it, but I did not hear anyone come up with an alternate solution to our financial situation. Mayor Snow and council, made a very difficult and courageous decision that will benefit all Springhillers. If Mr. Scott truly cared about the good people of this town, he will stop pushing for a plebiscite that will do nothing but lead us on a path of total destruction of this community.
The situation we now find ourselves in is a result of many factors that go back several years. What was done then and since to "save the town:? How many jobs have been created here? How many new businesses? How many businesses closed? How many people encouraged to move here? The current mayor and council are taking the heat for years of mismanagement in Springhill.
Prior to retiring back to Springhill, I lived in Ontario where 17 communities were amalgamated into the City of Kawartha Lakes. That area is a shining example of how successful amalgamation can be. All communities maintained their identity. The area continues to thrive today. No plebiscite was held.
Would you rather live in a "town" with higher taxes, lower property values and little employment or a "community" that can prosper and draw new people and employment with the great asset base we have with the help of the county to develop? What's your choice?
Irene Albertson, Springhill