Amherst should look to expand its boundaries
Our successive provincial governments seem to be willing to let the Town of Amherst wither and die on the vine.
Amherst, the second largest town on the mainland in population, but not in area, needs to increase its tax base if it is to survive.
Take a drive out Victoria Street East and once you leave the town limits and the stately heritage homes.
You will see large lots and expensive homes on one side, leading to more of these homes up Fox Ranch Road and D’Orsay Road. The other side of Victoria are businesses.
Follow LaPlanche Street and just beyond the town limits you will find many business that have chosen to locate here.
To add insult to injury go towards Nappan and just beyond the town limits you find the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre that is across the street from the Cumberland County municipal offices. Our once proud Highland View Hospital, that graced the east Highlands at the top of Charles Street, for almost a century, became outmoded and was torn down.
The provincial government deemed its choice in Upper Nappan to be the best place to locate - though I believe most of the money, that didn’t come from the province, was raised in Amherst.
This clustering of real estate and business on the very borders
of our town is no accident. County taxes are lower, as well as business taxes, but these people who live and prosper there pay their taxes to the county. They enjoy the benefits that the Amherst taxpayer are paying for, share our services, shop in our stores and yet do not pay for them.
Is this a fair state of affairs? I predict that in the next election the PCs will form our provincial government and that our present MLA will be returned. This is a safe Conservative seat. I suggest to you if you want our town to survive that you let this MLA know that needs to declare her support to remedy the town limit situation, or by some other method by which this town can increase its tax base.
If these assurances are not forthcoming I suggest we make sure this is not as safe a seat as the PCs expect.
This situation is not fair to the residents of this town and we should let our elected officials know this regardless of whether we get these assurances or not.