An age-old debate continues – Metro – TheChronicleHerald.ca

For years, the size of Halifax regional council has been a subject of debate within some circles of this geographically large municipality.

Many city hall critics say 24 voting members — 23 councillors plus the mayor — is too big a group serving a population of slightly more than 400,000.

And, they point out, having an even number of elected officials means split decisions on important issues can put the boots to such matters as a proposed downtown development, or potentially changing the size of council.

Tie votes mean that whatever motion was being discussed by the politicians at the time dies.

An age-old debate continues – Metro – TheChronicleHerald.ca.

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