MUNICIPAL UNION IN 30 MINUTES - Acadia University

MUNICIPAL UNION IN 30 MINUTES - Acadia University

MUNICIPAL UNION IN 30 MINUTES PEAKS AND VALLEYS EXPLORING THE BENEFITS FACING THE FEARS 1 2 New Dwelling Units (Density) 3

4 FARM ACREAGE 5 AGRICULTURE & PROPERTY TAXATION UNIQUE ECONOMIC PROFILE

Kings continues protection of farmland We produce 36% of NS Agricultural Revenue ($250M+) 18.89% of Kings total land mass is actively used for agriculture

Only 1.67% of Kings property tax revenue is derived from agriculture 10 ASSESSMENT TREND ($) 3,500,000,000 3,000,000,000

2,500,000,000 2,000,000,000 Residential Property Commercial Property 1,500,000,000 1,000,000,000 500,000,000 0

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 7

THREATS ? LOSS OF IDENTITY DIMINISHED REPRESENTATION/AUTONOMY YOU WILL TAKE MY ASSETS ILL BE SADDLED WITH YOUR LIABILITIES MY TAXES WILL GO UP

8 OPPORTUNITIES-? -1 REGIONAL ELIMINATE GOVERNING IN SILOS BETTER COMMUNICATION PROTECTION OF FARMLAND MAXIMIZATION OF USE OF INDUSTRIAL LANDS SERVICED RESIDENTIAL LANDS

STAFFING EXPERTISE 9 OPPORTUNITIES ? 2 REGIONAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOURISM PROMOTION RECREATION MODEL ASSET MANAGEMENT

ELECTIONS 10 Formal standing in this proceeding was granted by the Board to the Town of Trenton, the Town of Westville, the Minister of Municipal Affairs (Minister), the Atlantic Police Association, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 281 (CUPE), and the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU). 11 M.O.U. FIRST MOU Financial preconditions including: there should be no material changes in property tax

burdens; the maintenance of debt and deficits as a financial burden of the applicable former municipality; the maintenance and use of pre-existing reserves for the benefit of the corresponding municipal unit; and the development of a fair and equitable five-year infrastructure and related financing plan. 12 PUBLIC INPUT AT THE UARB SESSIONS

13 AGAINST-1 of 2 - Union might not yield the efficiencies projected by the MOU Steering Committee. - Tax rates would increase for residents in the rural parts of the County - Municipal services to the rural communities would suffer, including road maintenance. 14

AGAINST 2 of 2 skeptical of the $... committed by the Province under its Letter of Intent. Some compared it to blackmail. decreasing tax base to meet the fiscal challenges, without the assistance of the Province. 15 IN FAVOUR frustration experienced with the current

governance model. referred to the overlap, duplication, inconsistency, tension, conflict, and the laborious inefficiency of having to deal with the different municipal governments 16 IN FAVOUR Even for existing businesses, the duplication and inconsistency of dealing with several different planning,

permitting or taxation regimes has been frustrating and discouraging to many entrepreneurs and developers. 17 DECISION POINT FINANCIAL Taking into account all of the evidence, the Board concludes that, based on the financial implications, it

would be in the best interests of the inhabitants of the area 18 DECISION POINT GOVERNANCE The Board accepts that amalgamation would result in a more efficient and effective municipal governance model. Compared to the status quo of four different municipal governance structures (each with their own different and sometimes conflicting interests), the New

Municipality would be better served by a more focused municipal governance structure to address the residents' needs. decision making by the smaller municipal council would naturally lead to more cooperation by the municipal stakeholders, rather than conflict as has occurred under the status quo. 19 DECISION POINT GOVERNANCE (CONTD) one municipal council rather than four different councils would accommodate a

more regional approach to decision making, [and]help foster economic development and growth. Again, the status quo governance model has often frustrated attempts at business development as the four individual municipal units have competed with each other for growth. 20 NO COMFORT The Board observes that this challenge is one that the opponents of amalgamation did not

address. In general terms, some of them suggested the municipal units should reengage and work together, but the Board found no comfort that the future would be any different under the status quo in terms of addressing important infrastructure needs for the region. 21 PUBLIC COMMENTS ...Business hates uncertainty. If we expect a business to invest millions of dollars here , they need to be convinced that we have the

very best in municipal Government, and not a patchwork of bureaucracy, bylaws and tax rates. 22 DECISION POINT ON PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT it is the Boards opinion that amalgamation would have a very positive impact on municipal planning in the area, which would serve as a benefit for the residents and assist

in economic development. 23 PUBLIC COMMENTS As a young man planning his life here, I would only hope we see this unification as a way to brighten the future of our county. I know from first-hand experience [that] you don't have to lose your hometown pride when brought together, but you are stronger when united with those who share the same goals.

24 PUBLIC COMMENTS to say it is a struggle to get all municipal units on initiatives that service large groups of County residents would be a gross Understatement. Some ask, "Why Bother?" and pass on Board leadership opportunities. 25

PUBLIC COMMENTS a single voice and a single vision ... the most efficient and most appropriate mechanism of governance to jointly achieve the goals we aspire to for the subsequent generations who want to call this region home. 26

DECISION POINT SOCIAL THE BOARD STATED: [APPROVAL]would help promote a strong regional community of interest, [and] would be a positive social implication for the residents 27 PUBLIC COMMENTS

PULSE PICTOU COUNTY: To our generation, working together is a nobrainer, and [we are]at our best when we work together. this is just the governance structure catching up. this is not necessarily about saving money; ... We need to be competitive as a region, and

unifying will allow us to be a more attractive destination for people and for business. 28 PUBLIC COMMENTS Now or Never Report, stop thinking about our individual piece of the pie and make a bigger pie for everyone... as we live, work, shop, and play in various different municipal units. We truly are residents of one County. This will not affect our identity and our individual communities will still exist This is a chance for [us] to demonstrate it is ready to move

forward, and it's a sign to the younger generations that we can advance and be progressive. 29 PUBLIC COMMENTS many in our age group are watching the outcome of this to determine if [this]is somewhere they wish to stay to grow their career and their family, watching to see if this community wants to help itself improve, This is our opportunity to head in a new direction. We're not being told to do this.

We can direct our future. 30 FORMER PREMIER Harmonized regional development will serve us well. We must not let indecision and endless process lead us to mediocrity. 31 FINAL DECISION POINT

In the end, , the Board considers that those members of the public supporting [the MOU] expressed more compelling reasons for their position than those wanting to retain the status quo. Nevertheless, in their Application, the Applicants included a request for a plebiscite 32

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