A draft provincial-municipal fiscal review report released last week is recommending some big changes for Nova Scotia’s municipal units – including a suggestion that no new villages be created and no new powers given to villages beyond those that currently exist. It also recommends that all incorporated villages in Nova Scotia be phased out.
With such a large number of villages in Kings County, the recommendation will certainly have an impact on this area. The draft report says that existing villages would be given the opportunity to apply for town status, merge with an adjacent town or dissolve into their encompassing municipality as they see fit.
For the New Minas Village Commission, which approved a motion Oct. 14 that will see them take the first steps towards becoming a town, this could make the process easier. Commissioners have requested a study to determine the feasibility of town status, building on a report already prepared by clerk/treasurer Terry Silver that indicated it would be a feasible option in terms of the village’s ability to provide services and financially.
The report may throw a monkey wrench in the Town of Hantsport’s plan to dissolve, however. Council will decide soon whether it favours joining with West Hants or Kings County as a village or simply maintaining the status quo as a town, although the ultimate decision will be made by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
If this report is accepted, it could mean that the option of becoming a village is…
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