Hantsport's view on dissolution

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Published on August 14, 2014

If we cease being a town, I am concerned about the governance aspect and the fact that we don’t control, or at least have some decision-making abilities, in respect to the things that are important to the people of Hantsport. I believe that if we do have to dissolve… the people would be given the opportunity to decide if village is an option for us — and I believe it is an option. That’s an important one because that does allow us some self-governance in regards to the activities and the events taking place in this community. That is important to the people of the community. Becoming absorbed as simply a community of a larger municipality means that, basically, we lose that power and control.

My preference would be Kings becauseI think we have a long history and association with Kings County. Our school children go to Kings County, we’re part of the waste management with Kings County. I think that historically our community centre, even though its boundaries go from Mount Denson, the larger area of that goes all the way to Avonport, so we already have an existing community within the Kings area and it’s simply a municipal boundary that separates us. The fact that we’re sandwiched between two municipalities makes this awkward, but I believe historically, culturally [and] socially we are closer akin to our friends in Kings County.

Brian Bishop

Published on August 14, 2014

I don’t think it will personally impact us too much. We don’t really know. We don’t know until we hear what both counties have to offer and what village status has to offer. And until that time, I am wide open to listening to any and all information — and we want to hear it all… no secrets.

(I’m for Hantsport being a) village in Kings County… our education and our sewer and our garbage is all Kings.

Dale Janes

Published on August 14, 2014

It would impact me negatively because we would no longer have any control over what our tax dollars are used for and I pay a lot of tax. I’m willing to pay more tax, but no one has ever asked me if I would want to do that. I think it’s important that we have a mayor and council at arm’s reach. If we dissolve, we’re not going to have that. At least with a village commission we would have some of that, but best-case scenario is that we don’t dissolve and that we stay a town, keep that entity, reduce council by two — we don’t really need six councillors.

Kings County for village status. They’ve got all the villages, Hants County has none and I don’t think they’re very receptive to the idea of village status. That was the impression we got June 19 [at the preliminary hearing hosted by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board].

Jane Davis

Published on August 14, 2014

I think the important thing is — and I think a lot of people are missing it — we’re still going to be Hantsport no matter what way we go. The community spirit and everything else will be there. As far as I’m concerned, it will always be Hantsport.

Juanita Wilcox

Published on August 14, 2014

Personally, I don’t think it would impact my husband and I at all. We are seniors in the town, I grew up here and I think the community will stay together no matter what.

I would say Kings. Being to some of the meetings, I felt more drawn to Kings and their acceptance and their ability to deal with village status.

Ruth Ross

Published on August 14, 2014

I’m not passionate about either side… I don’t think it’s going to solve any of the problems. The problems aren’t caused by the municipality, the problems are caused by things that are happening elsewhere… in Halifax and the problems are caused in Ottawa and we’re trying to solve the problems that are passed on to us…

I don’t care which way it goes, one way or the other — take your time.

Richard Gallant

Published on August 14, 2014

They say taxes will be lower but I don’t believe it.

I’d say village, and my preference would be Kings County.Hants Border is in Kings and Hants Border is essentially Hantsport, it’s just an artificial line [separating the two]. And West Hants seems a little dysfunctional at this point. They just seem to have a lot of problems.

Martin Vander Baaren

Published on August 15, 2014

I don’t agree with dissolution. I’d sooner see it go village, or split between one of the two — preferably Kings.

Because I think we have more of an association with Kings with First Nations so, consequently, I think our interests are more that way than the other way.

Bill Preston

We asked: How do you think the proposed dissolution would impact you? Should Hantsport go with Kings County or the municipality of West Hants? Scroll through the photos to see how area residents answered.

Organizations: Town of Hantsport

Geographic location: Kings, West Hants, Town of Hantsport Kings County Hants County Hants Border

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  • Squiggy
    August 15, 2014 - 11:51

    Hantsport has a $1 million/year budget deficit and a clean balance sheet. If it remains a town, in three years it will have a $3 million debt - and the Province will force it to dissolve. Simple math. There's no tooth fairy. That debt will have to be paid in a special assessment on the residents. Think it's hard to sell a house in town now? Times change. Dinosaurs deny it. Intelligent people suck it up, adapt, and plan for the future. The town charter is a millstone around Hantsport resident's necks and needs to go. Get on with it Council, you are doing the right thing!

  • swicker?
    August 15, 2014 - 10:06

    You couldn't be any more wrong Swicker, alot of young people in the town would like to put a bit of work in to finding other solutions than folding the town into west hant's lap and the mess there is there.

    • Hans Porter
      August 15, 2014 - 20:18

      No no, you're right...the children of long-time residents who have never learned to think on their own definitely feel the same way as their parents...one only need look at the membership of Think Hantsport.

  • Robbie Swicker
    August 14, 2014 - 16:26

    How could you call this "Hantsport's view" when you chose only to interview retirees? This is the problem with Hantsport, the views of elderly, long-time residents are valued more than the young families and newcomers that will be the future of the town (or village).