Community Herald: Ditching the Ditch Tax


Halifax Water Commission has begun billing 15,000 customers in rural and suburban HRM a yearly fee of $33.39 for service of municipal ditches and culverts. The new fee has many Hammonds Plains residents, on private wells and septic systems, frustrated and unhappy.

Here’s the article with shared thoughts and frustrations from local residents and Coun. Matt Whitman (Hammonds Plains – St. Margarets Bay), along with HWC response.

“With this ditch tax, I’m looking at all of these things together and it’s really upsetting because there’s so many negatives and we’re getting absolutely nothing.” Gary Grant, resident Highland Park

Residents set up a Hammonds Plains Ditch Tax on Facebook, which continues to grow in popularity, receiving 328 ‘likes’ as of Apr. 9.