Amalgamation has to be planned carefully

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To the editor,
While I tend to agree with Lloyd P. MacKay in regard to our being over-governed in Pictou County I also would like to bring a different scenario to light.

While living outside Saint John, N.B., the community I lived in went through an amalgamation. Our taxes immediately increased by 38 per cent. Our paved but potholed road was chip-sealed and became a gravel but potholed road. Our weekly garbage pickup was contracted out at a cost of almost $400 per year to each homeowner. And the RCMP who patrolled our roads and were seen on a daily basis was switched to a local police force who were seen when you called them and waited long enough. Snow clearing became hit and miss.

I am not saying we shouldn't amalgamate because I think we really should go down that road soon, BUT we need to do it logically and with forethought, not just willy nilly in a rushed and unplanned manner.

Andrew Hopper

New Glasgow

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Saint John, New Glasgow

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