EMERGENCY DEBT RELIEF for Cumberland Co., NOVA SCOTIA

EMERGENCY DEBT RELIEF for Cumberland Co., NOVA SCOTIA

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Parrsboro and County Citizens Opposed to the Local Improvement Charge started this petition to The Honourable Catherine McKenna (Minister of Infrastructure and Communities) and

EMERGENCY DEBT RELIEF for Cumberland County, NOVA SCOTIA!

4.4 M in emergency debt relief is required for the residents and businesses of Parrsboro and Cumberland County, Nova Scotia!

The past few years have been extraordinarily difficult for our Province and County.  During these unprecedented times, residents and businesses in our small seaside community, along with those in the county, have inherited a debt of 4.4 M. This debt was passed on to us and is the result of a shortfall in funding for our wastewater treatment system. 

We have been unable to fully appreciate the positive impact of our new wastewater treatment system; instead, we have experienced a NEGATIVE IMPACT by placing this financial burden on us. This debt has created a great deal of stress and hardship for our seniors and low income residents, divided our community and created an atmosphere of mistrust between our people and all levels of Government entrusted to have our best interests at heart.  All levels of Government have been approached several times to provide financial assistance and or to stop the local improvement charge (LIC) and rate increases with zero results to-date.

Whereas the former Town of Parrsboro was mandated by the Federal Government to treat the sewage collected by the Town by 2020.

Whereas the former Town of Parrsboro completed an application to the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) on June 24th, 2016 just prior to dissolution of our Township.  The Federal mandate played a large part in the decision to dissolve our Town and on November 1, 2016 the Town of Parrsboro officially became part of the Municipality of Cumberland.  Our project was completed on March 31, 2018 under strict deadlines imposed by the CWWF.

Whereas our Federal mandated wastewater treatment system has suffered an unfavourable outcome under the guidance of Infrastructure Canada and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

Whereas based on estimates, 96% of our project costs where to be funded by the Federal and Provincial Government.  At the time our new sewer rate was estimated to be $410 per unit, per year.

Whereas when bids for our project came in substantially higher than estimated, an urgent letter was sent to the Provincial CWWF contact on April 11th, 2017.  This letter requested a change in the scope of our project and was forwarded on our behalf to Infrastructure Canada and the CWWF.  Unfortunately, this request went unanswered and has left us to cover the debt.

Whereas 420 residents and 25 businesses in the community of Parrsboro are the hardest hit, being charged a $4,941 flat rate or financed with interest over 20 years for each property.  It is important to note that many of the residents charged have functional septic systems while other private pipes still empty into our harbor.  Some, including business owners, have been charged twice or more.

Whereas residents and businesses in the community of Parrsboro are also charged through various rate increases. Our new sewer rate is set high at 2.65 m3 and based on 100% of the metered water we consume.  Our new water rate is currently before the Utility and Review Board.

Therefore, our group, Parrsboro and County Citizens Opposed to the LIC, petition you to assist in the shortfall of this federally mandated project in which a request for change of scope was made via the Province of Nova Scotia to the Federal level of Government and neither the Province nor the County of Cumberland received any direction and proceeded to ensure the Federal mandated deadline was achieved without penalty.  We are requesting this assistance to alleviate the pressure on the taxpayers and we further request that you collaborate with the Province of Nova Scotia to assist in this process financially. This project has taken a positive step to clean our waters on our shoreline and in doing so, it has cleaned the water of the Bay of Fundy for all Nova Scotia and Canada.  In assisting with our financial burden, we can then tackle further environmental projects needing attention or capture more homes in need of municipal services.

Please support our petition requesting 4.4 M in emergency debt relief from the Federal Government.  Our residents and businesses are already in crisis and we simply cannot afford this additional and avoidable financial debt!

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