Whittaker facing legal action over property tax waiver
-city lost $54M in revenue
Lawyers for City Hall have written to Minister of Local Government Norman Whittaker threatening legal action over his instruction to the Town Clerk to waive owe rates and taxes owed on a city property. City Hall says Whittaker ordered acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba to waive taxes amounting to $27M owed by Ganga Prasad and Sons Limited on the property located at 162 Charlotte and Wellington streets for the period 2002 to 2009.
The property, which formerly housed the Strand Cinema and has housed the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God since 2008, was also the subject of legal proceedings between City Hall and the proprietor for arrears of rates and taxes in the sum of $53,860,387.