Plagued by a declining population and sagging finances, the town council representing one of Nova Scotia's most historic communities has decided to dissolve the municipality.
The mayor of Springhill says council can't keep raising taxes to keep the town going.
That's why the council has decided to dissolve the town, issuing a statement yesterday saying it is applying to the province's Utility Review Board to join the nearby municipality of Cumberland County.
Springhill is perhaps best known for its long history of coal mining.
It is also the hometown of singer Anne Murray.
Council says a transition co-ordinator will be appointed and public hearings will be held.
The plan is to officially dissolve Springhill on April 1st, 2015.
The minister responsible for Municipal Relations says the province will help with the appointment of a transition co-ordinator.