Kings County tax money should stay in Kings

Annapolis Valley Register - - OP-ED -

The prop­erty tax­pay­ers of Kings County need to know that more than $7 mil­lion of their hard-earned prop­erty taxes are be­ing con­sid­ered by Mayor Mut­tart, Deputy Mayor Emily Lutz, Counc. Meg Hodge, Pauline Raven, Jim Win­sor, and Peter Allen to be spent in the Town of Kentville.

At the very least, the ques­tions asked by Roscoe Con­struc­tion should be an­swered, and there needs to be a full ac­count­ing of costs and fu­ture costs to the tax­pay­ers of Kings County and im­me­di­ately have pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings to dis­cuss whether the mil­lions of Kings County prop­erty taxes be spent within the Town of Kentville or in the county.

From a Kings County prop­erty tax­payer’s per­spec­tive, the an­swer is crys­tal clear. Kings County prop­erty taxes for the new mu­nic­i­pal build­ing for Kings County should be lo­cated in the county.

The pro­posed Cold­brook site is ready for con­struc­tion. The only lo­cal con­trac­tor won the bid to build from seven bid­ders lo­cated in the city. Roscoe Con­struc­tion’s bid was a mil­lion dol­lars be­low bud­get and the Cold­brook site al­ready has more than a mil­lion dol­lars of Kings County prop­erty taxes in­vested in the site.

Hope­fully, com­mon sense will in­fil­trate the ed­u­cated and aca­demic minds of our coun­cil­lors and mayor to move ahead quickly with this project.

The Kings County prop­erty tax­pay­ers me­ter is run­ning and it will only get more ex­pen­sive with fur­ther de­lays.

Kings County prop­erty tax­pay­ers, give your coun­cil­lors and mayor an e-mail or phone call with your opin­ion. By work­ing to­gether let’s do good things for Kings County.

Dick Kil­lam Halls Har­bour

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