Municipality of the County of Colchester's Boundary Review 2014
In 2014, all municipal councils within the Province of Nova Scotia are required under the Municipal Government Act to conduct a study of polling districts within their region. This study will review the Municipality’s number of polling districts, polling district boundaries and number of councillors to ensure that the system of political representation is fair and reasonable. Throughout the course of the study, the Municipality must consider certain factors, such as: the number of electors, relative parity of voting power, population density, community of interest, and geographic size. It must also undertake public consultation to allow residents of voting age the opportunity to comment on how they are governed. Presently, there are between 2,142 and 2,862 eligible voters per Councillor and the geographic size of each district varies from 5.4 sq. km to 846.05 sq. km.
The Roles and Responsibilities of Councillors
The roles and responsibilities of elected representatives in a municipal council range from representing the interests of citizens at the Council, policy making, and stewardship in shaping the future of municipal governance. Councillors determine the services and service levels to be provided to the citizens, approve municipal budgets, and develop policies, by-laws and regulations that shape the community and its prosperity. The Municipality’s business is carried out in Council Committee and Council meetings that are held bi-weekly. Additionally, the Councillors sit on various other sub-committees of the Council and other boards and agencies as part of their duties. Such sub-committees and boards meet as needed to carry out their mandate. Currently, there are sixteen sub-committees of the Council and five external boards and agencies to which Councillors are appointed. Councillors also attend meetings with the Province and other arms-length organizations to represent the Council’s and citizens’ interests on various issues relating to the Municipality.
How Do We Compare to Other Municipalities?
An important consideration to keep in mind when completing the survey is how our municipality compares to other local governments across the province that are of similar size and which deliver similar services. The chart below provides comparative information using data collected by the Department of Municipal Affairs.