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Local warnings, cancellations and closures

August 23

  • The emergency department at Pugwash Hospital is closed from 8 am to 8 pm.

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Oxford Hopes Sink with Seismic Report

Oxford Hopes Sink with Seismic Report

Oxford Hopes Sink with Seismic Report

Oxford Hopes Sink with Seismic Report

The engineers who conducted seismic tests at the Oxford sinkhole report the hole is still growing and there is strong evidence that more sinkholes may follow.
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Firefighters Net Fishing Tourney Success

Firefighters Net Fishing Tourney Success

Firefighters Net Fishing Tourney Success

Firefighters Net Fishing Tourney Success

With more than a fifty percent increase in participation, the 2019 edition of the Pugwash Fire Department fishing tournament was an unqualified success.
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Emergency Services Surprise in Pugwash

Emergency Services Surprise in Pugwash

Emergency Services Surprise in Pugwash

Emergency Services Surprise in Pugwash

Emergency service at the hospital in Pugwash remains open today for the fifth straight day. And the good news is, it will stay open over the weekend and through Monday.
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Village Opens to Direct Dialogue with Residents

Village Opens to Direct Dialogue with...

Village Opens to Direct Dialogue with Residents

Village Opens to Direct Dialogue with Residents

The Pugwash Village Commission is opening the lines of communication directly to the elected commissioners.
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UPDATED: Pickleball Volley at Pugwash Commission

UPDATED: Pickleball Volley at Pugwash...

UPDATED: Pickleball Volley at Pugwash Commission

UPDATED: Pickleball Volley at Pugwash Commission

A few sparks flew at the Pugwash Village Commission last night.
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Health Authority Boss Whips Through Pugwash Visit

Health Authority Boss Whips Through...

Health Authority Boss Whips Through Pugwash Visit

Health Authority Boss Whips Through Pugwash Visit

The CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority made a whirlwind stop in Pugwash this morning as part of a provincial tour before retiring later this month. Janet Knox was accompanied by the interim...
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MLA Biographies Now Online from Day One

MLA Biographies Now Online from Day One

MLA Biographies Now Online from Day One

MLA Biographies Now Online from Day One

Did you ever wonder what your MLA did before entering politics? What about the very first Member of the Legislature for your constituency? There is now an online biography for every MLA who ever...
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Online Medical Records System Stumbles

Online Medical Records System Stumbles

Online Medical Records System Stumbles

Online Medical Records System Stumbles

The vendor that provides Nova Scotia with an online medical records service is severing its ties with the system.
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Life for Pugwash Emergency Fizzles Again

Life for Pugwash Emergency Fizzles Again

Life for Pugwash Emergency Fizzles Again

Life for Pugwash Emergency Fizzles Again

Following two open days during the holiday weekend, the emergency department at the Pugwash Hospital has fallen back to closed more than open.
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Cuba and Oxford Lead at Big Lake

Cuba and Oxford Lead at Big Lake

Cuba and Oxford Lead at Big Lake

Cuba and Oxford Lead at Big Lake

The Big Lake Nazarene Church Camp always has guests but this year one guest played host for the week-long event.

Top Stories

Oxford Approves Budget with Modest Tax Hike
Bill Martin
/ Categories: News

Oxford Approves Budget with Modest Tax Hike

Oxford Town Council approved a 2.5 million dollar budget and a modest tax increase in a special meeting tonight.

Council was unanimous in approving the $2,534,028 expenditure. The vote follows weeks of preparation and hours of discussion. Tonight was just the fine-tuning and final vote.

Throughout the process, the council struggled to hold the current tax rate, but that task was made more difficult as the town’s assessment declined a little from last year.

The residential rate is now 1.6824 per one hundred dollars of assessment while the commercial rate rises to 4.1557. With the reduction in assessment, the net increase is 3 ½ cents. Councillor Wade Adshade says the average homeowner will pay about $25 to $30 more this year.

The Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada had a small surplus of about $57,000 from last year's operation. Council considered applying it to this year’s expenditures in an effort to avoid raising taxes. But, the province suggests the town should build a reserve to about 500 thousand as a serious rainy-day fund.

The Chief Administrative Officer suggested the town could take half the surplus to offset some of this year’s costs, putting the other half into the town's reserve. Rachel Jones told council that the town is on course for a few good years to come when they can build the required reserve.

Jones also noted the province suggests Oxford has the capacity to raise taxes as the town rates are easily within the provincial average.

Mayor Trish Stewart polled the council prior to the vote. Councillor Brenton Colborne said, “We don’t have much of a choice.” Dawn Thompson said, “We have to do it.” Dave Clark, Rick Draper, Wendy Sweet-Kontuk, and Wade Adshade agreed.

Taxes are due by September 30th. Beyond that date, interest of 1.5% will be charged monthly on overdue accounts.

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Events This Week

Friday, August 23, 2019 6:00 PM

Fun Night at the Malagash Legion. Pass the Ace, Jig the Joker, and board games.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:00 PM

Chase the Ace at the Pugwash Legion. Click HERE for details.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:00 PM

Open House at the new Pugwash Harbourfront Centre in Eaton Park. Tour the new facility and enjoy a concert from 2 to 3 pm.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:30 PM

Dancing to Live Music at the Wentworth Community Centre. Click HERE for details.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:00 PM

Gospel in the Park at the Pugwash Harbourfront Centre with music by 'For the Master'. In the event of rain, go to Pugwash Baptist Church.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Northport Community Centre.

Monday, August 26, 2019 10:00 AM

Rug Hooking at Northport Community Centre.

Monday, August 26, 2019 10:00 AM

Walk 'n Talk at the Wentworth Community Centre. Click HERE for detail.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 10:00 AM

Quilting at the Northport Community Centre.

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