The Town of Amherst has taken an electrifying step towards a greener environment.
Crews from Thermo Dynamics Ltd. of Dartmouth will spend May 25-May 28, 2020, installing 260, 101 centimetre by 190 centimetre solar panels on the Amherst Stadium roof. The panels cover about 33 per cent of the stadium’s roof and are estimated to generate an annual output of about 123,000 kWh.
At its May 25, 2020, session, Amherst town council approved the use of the federal permanent list of electors during the upcoming municipal election.
They also authorized the chief administrative officer to enter into an agreement with Elections Canada to use the list.
The town has procured the list for its municipal elections since 1997 because its format is easy to use and adapt to the town’s voting districts.
Help is on its way for Town of Amherst taxpayers who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Amherst town council on May 25, 2020, approved a tax financing policy that establishes a one-time property tax installment payment plan for owners of residential and commercial properties within town boundaries that have been negatively affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.
“The Town of Amherst is concerned about the health and safety of its citizens,” Mayor David Kogon said. “We believe that allowing taxpayers who have been negatively affected by the pandemic to pay their property taxes in installments will enable our citizens to follow the health directives endorsed by the Government of Nova Scotia’s public health directives during the current state of emergency.”
The overall commercial, residential and resource tax rates in the Town of Amherst will remain unchanged from the previous year.
Council made the decision to keep the overall tax rates for the 2020-21 fiscal year at $1.655 per $100 of assessment for residential and resource properties and $4.455 per $100 of assessment for commercial properties when it met on May 25, 2020.
At the same time, council adopted the final two stages of the budgetary process when it approved a general operating budget of slightly more than $14 million and a community support budget of $469,144.