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Worries arise over council belt tightening

Seven of the municipality’s neighbourhood business commissions and associations will give presentations to Halifax regional council tomorrow night.

Seven of the municipality’s neighbourhood business commissions and associations will give presentations to Halifax regional council tomorrow night.

While the presentations will mainly be focused on letting council know who they are and what they do, there are also some concerns about funding cuts to shared projects between HRM and the associations.

“There are some program-specific funding that we’ve received over the last number of years, and that was scaled back this past year,” said Paul MacKinnon of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission.

According to MacKinnon, while DHBC depends on its members for the majority of its funding, some projects, such as hanging flower baskets downtown, are cost-shared with the municipality.

And while he acknowledges the municipality is facing tough financial times that require departments to tighten their belts, MacKinnon is concerned that scaling back these projects will be detrimental overall.

“When HRM is cutting $1 out of their own budget, they’re in fact cutting $2 out of a project that can benefit the whole community,” he said.

 
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