Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Decades-Long Dispute over Value of Citadel Hill Nearing Resolution: Halifax

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Decades-Long Dispute over Value of Citadel Hill Nearing Resolution: Halifax

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Citadel Hill feud nearing resolution: Halifax

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HALIFAX - Municipal officials in Halifax say a 22-year-long dispute with the federal government over the value of Citadel Hill is nearing an end.

Halifax spokesman Brendan Elliott says acting CAO John Traves has been in discussions with Ottawa recently and feels a resolution will be reached "shortly."

"(Traves) said they have been having good conversations and he gets the sense that there's a willingness to resolve it," said Elliot on Thursday.

The two sides went before a federal panel in Halifax nearly two years ago to help determine how much Ottawa owes the city in back taxes for the national historic site.

Early last year, the payment in lieu of taxes advisory panel valued Citadel Hill at $41.2 million -- $37.6 million more than what Ottawa argued the national historic site was worth. …

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