Proposed changes to give NS municipalities more autonomy in spending powers

The province says changes are coming to give municipalities more autonomy and flexibility.

Currently, municipalities can only spend tax dollars on items on a list in the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and the Halifax Charter.

If they want to spend money on goods or services that aren't on the list, a legislative change is required.

On Tuesday, the government introduced amendments that will remove the list from the MGA so municipalities can more readily respond to priorities.  

The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) is applauding the move.

NSFM President Waye Mason says every municipality has differing priorities and the current legislation doesn't necessarily allow municipal units to address the needs of their communities. 

Mason says they see Tuesday's announcement as a significant step forward in giving municipalities the tools they need to react quickly and in the best interests of their citizens.