Saturday, November 03, 2007

 

Newfoundland Labrador "County government system in wings"

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/11/01/county-system.html


County government system in wings, towns told
Last Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2007 | 11:59 AM NT
CBC News

A county system of local government will likely be implemented in Newfoundland and Labrador within the next two to four years, a municipal advocacy group says.

Wayne Ruth, the president of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, says a county system is inevitable. Wayne Ruth, the president of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, says a county system is inevitable.
(CBC)

More than 50,000 people — or 10 per cent of the province's population — live in dozens of unincorporated communities, where taxes may be cheap but services are often minimal.

Wayne Ruth, president of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, said a county system similar to that used in other provinces could solve several problems at once.

"We don't have people that are volunteering for councils. We don't have people volunteering for fire departments or recreational groups [either]," Ruth told CBC News.


Real player link to story.

I must say from the little I know of municipal and town governance it is about time.

In fact I have been thinking about doing a blog on this for awhile but just didn't feel comfortable or knowledgeable enough to feel comfortable in making any assertions.

While this story doesn't goes very much in depth on the relevance of Counties or parishes or whatever other name provinces use to achieve similar objectives it does spell out the basics.

United we stand divided we fall!

As for the fear mongering in this piece that a county system will cost people more in taxes, from what I can tell it would seem the Rural secretariate or federation of municipalities would be able to walk right into this role. The boundaries would seem to have already been established as well.

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