Nfld. & Labrador

Case for amalgamation weak: St. John's manager

The city manager of St. John's says a consultant's report suggests the case for amalgamating St. John's with neighbouring communities is weak.

The city manager of St. John's says a consultant's report suggests the case for amalgamating St. John's with neighbouring communities is not strong.

"The report does not present a compelling case for amalgamation and may in fact offer reinforcement to opponents of amalgamation," wrote Robert Smart, in an Oct. 11 memo obtained by CBC News.

Smart said the report commissioned by the city found that amalgamation would likely decrease taxes for St. John’s residents but increase taxes in Mount Pearl and Paradise.

"In light of this report, it may be timely to re-assess the city’s approach to advancing the cause of amalgamation," concludes Smart.

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