Decreasing tax rates and deficits among pluses for Westville in 2013: mayor

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WESTVILLE – Mayor Roger MacKay is very pleased with the progress the Town of Westville made in 2013 and is looking forward to continuing improvements in 2014.

Some of the highlights included lowering the residential and commercial tax rate, and decreasing the deficit.

They devised a plan for their police services with four goals and many strategies to finish each.

 “Our strategic plan was completed. This gives us a starting point to move forward for the town,” he said, adding that they can adjust as needed. 

MacKay included jumping on board with the governance study as a positive for the year.

There was a delay in Westville’s addition to the study, despite large support for it, due to a concern of putting forth their portion of the funds.

They voted 4-1 on Mar. 25, 2013, to pay their contribution of $25,000 toward the study.

MacKay named paving projects as another plus for the town, which includes the work done on Union and West streets.

He also noted that the town cleaned up ongoing issues with unsightly private properties.

In 2014, the town will continue to work with both levels of government, MacKay said.

“We would like to be able to continue to drop our tax rate,” he said as one of their goals this year.

They hope to attract more commercial business to the town, especially at Exit 21 off the TransCanada Highway.

The town is looking to improve the downtown area as well.

A problem they’ve faced over the last two years was the issues with Highland Consolidated Middle School.

“We’re looking forward to the decision. Council has been active in the school meetings.”

The last public meeting on the possible closure of the school was on Nov. 14, 2013.

Deputy mayor Lynn MacDonald and Coun. Bernie Murphy both spoke at that meeting.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board must make a decision about whether to close the school by the end of March.

The town is also looking forward to working with their new chief administration officer, Kelly Rice. She started work on Monday.

“We will work with our citizens to make things better for residents,” MacKay said.

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  • Elaaine Maclennan
    January 17, 2014 - 07:16

    As part of the clean up for the town I would like to see town garbage cans put on Diamond St. With three take out business close by Diamond has become a mess with coffee cups and take out plates. I continually gather up this mess as the wind blows it around the properties on Diamond and Office St