Bridgetown to dissolve town because of money woes
Bridgetown latest town to dissolve status due to economic pressures
The Town of Bridgetown, N.S., passed a motion on Monday to fill an application with the province’s Utility and Review Board to dissolve Bridgetown’s status as a town.
The move comes just a few weeks after Springhill made the decision to dissolve its township.
"After hearing from residents and considering the facts before us, council has made the decision to apply to dissolve town status to ensure the long-term viability of our community," said Mayor Horace Hurlburt.
"The town is facing significant financial challenges and we do not believe the status quo is an option for residents. Bridgetown is still a thriving community and by seeking a new governance structure, we believe there will be positive developments for the community in the future."
Earlier this month, Nova Scotia Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey said up to 10 municipalities in rural Nova Scotia are facing financial failure.
The Municipal Governance Act outlines the process for a town to follow after it has requested dissolution. A transition co-ordinator will help guide the discussions of a committee that includes members representing Bridgetown and members representing the Municipality of the County of Annapolis.
"Bridgetown residents have faced and overcome adversity in recent years. Despite that, the town continues to face financial challenges, not unlike many small towns across Nova Scotia," said Furey
"This was a difficult decision for town council to make. l applaud them for providing the citizens of Bridgetown with an opportunity to participate."