CANSO – “I’m not taking no for an answer,” said Fin Armsworthy of his record on standing up for the people in his constituency. “Sometimes they put me in the penalty box but I get out.”
Last week Armsworthy officially announced his decision to seek re-election for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s District 8 seat in the upcoming October 16 municipal election. He’ll be running on a long track record in municipal politics, serving as a municipal councillor both in the former Town of Canso and in the MODG for over 14 years.
In the transition to amalgamation Armsworthy worked to ensure the viability of the Canso Arena and eliminate the fees in the former Town of Canso for waste management pickup. “When we transferred to MODG the $115 on the tax bill for that was cut out and the service got better including bulk pick up at the end of the month.”
Speaking on what he’s been hearing in the community, Armsworthy said, “The issues are the same issues as in the past; our tax rate is a concern in our area,” he said, noting that sewer rates were also an issue for some of his constituents who he said are billed for the service although they no longer use the system.
“There is concern with the overall picture of the community. We have gotten some grants; we have our water system up-to-date but I think they (the constituents) had higher expectations of amalgamation...There are a lot of issues still to be ironed out going forward.”
Armsworthy stated that he is a firm believer in the municipality as a whole and added, “I always represent my district strongly.”