Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Health Authority to Pay Outstanding Service Fees:premier

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Health Authority to Pay Outstanding Service Fees:premier

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Health authority to pay service fees:premier

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HALIFAX - Premier Stephen McNeil says "there is no question" the Nova Scotia Health Authority should pay any outstanding bills owed to municipalities for services such as sewer and fire protection.

McNeil made the comment after opposition parties brought up the issue in the legislature, noting that millions were owed as far back as 2012 -- particularly to municipalities in Cape Breton.

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) was owed $2.7 million, while Inverness County is owed $500,000 the legislature was told.

The province says the bill has since been settled with CBRM which was paid $2.4 million.

McNeil says the outstanding bill in the case of CBRM was a holdover from the "fractured system" that was in place prior to the amalgamation of the former district health authorities and the government now has a uniform system that will treat all municipalities "the same. …

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