Premier meets with municipal leaders

PREMIER MEETS WITH MUNICIPAL LEADERS Premier John Savage said today his government is committed to working co-operatively with Nova Scotia municipal leaders in building a dynamic provincial economy. The premier met this morning with the executive of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and stressed the need for even greater cooperation between the two levels of government. “Both levels of government want to see the economy grow and jobs created. We can best accomplish that by putting aside differences and working co-operatively towards a more prosperous Nova Scotia.” Premier Savage said he was aware of municipal concerns arising from the provincial government’s efforts to get it’s financial house in order. “All levels of government must share the responsibility of getting spending under control. Gone are the days when we can solve problems simply by going to the bank and borrowing money.” Premier Savage told the municipal leaders that Ottawa budget cutting will mean hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue over the next four or five years. “Ottawa is both reducing federal transfer payments and increasing fees for various services it provides. While we accept the fact that it’s necessary for the federal government to get its finances in order, it nevertheless means a substantial loss to the Nova Scotia economy.” Premier Savage told the UNSM executive that the upcoming Nova Scotia budget will impact municipalities. However, the government is working to soften the blow as much as possible. The premier said he was encouraged after today’s meeting with the municipalities. “The municipal leaders have an obligation to fight for their taxpayers. We respect that. But we are also pleased with their willingness to work co-operatively with the provincial government” Municipal Affairs Minister Sandra Jolly also attended today’s meeting. Feb. 09, 1996 4:45 p.m.,