Those residents of Pictou, Stellarton, have no say in what happens going forward, such as reducing town services or employees and other options that exist - instead they are moving in the direction of amalgamation, which is an abject failure (financially, democratically) everywhere it has been implemented.
Amalgamation NEVER results in savings - fire services are the only city or town provided service that ends up working with economies of scale - everything else costs more - our province's municipalities use of in-house monopoly services for everything, means no cost savings with other municipal services are possible.
Many cities and towns in the USA went through amalgamation in the 80s and 90s, and are now DE-amalgamating.
I'm afraid in Nova Scotia, there is no going back - what representative political process do the people have to go back with? Provincial elections? lol.
I hear the provincial municipal minister convinced them all a $300,000 study on amalgamation was a good way forward - The province doesn't have municipalities' best interests in mind - this is just a provincial power grab.
The Ivanny report, and the provincial Liberal rush to reduce democratic representation in this province is contemptuous to Nova Scotia's stated democratic ideals.
Don't let the province get away with it