Assessment Fair, Says Minister

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

March 9, 2001 3:45 PM

Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly is wrong in his comments on Nova
Scotia’s assessment services, says Angus MacIsaac, minister of
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

The minister was responding to accusations by Mayor Kelly and
city councillor Harry McInroy that the department has been
"unduly favouring the Westin hotel with a low assessment."

"The assessment of the Westin is rock solid," said Mr. MacIsaac.
"Our assessors have examined the property every year and included
the significant investments that were required to bring the
landmark hotel up to modern standards."

The assessment of the Westin is reviewed annually by competing
hotel owners and is available to the Halifax Regional
Municipality. Mr. MacIsaac noted that the assessment division has
responded to inquiries from other members of the hotel industry,
but has never heard any concern from the municipality on the
Westin assessment. The assessment has never been challenged.

"The mayor and councillor McInroy both know that they could bring
any concerns about any property assessment to the department for
a review,” MacIsaac said. “They have never done so with the
Westin."

Nova Scotia’s assessment services has received national
recognition by the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

"The province and Nova Scotia’s largest municipality have a lot
of issues to deal with over the next few years and this kind of
unfounded, personal attack is not going to help," concluded the
minister. "I’ll be encouraging the mayor to come to a more
productive level of discussion."

FOR BROADCAST USE

     The minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations

says Halifax mayor Peter Kelly is wrong in his comments on the

province’s assessment services.

     Angus MacIsaac was responding today to accusations by Mayor

Kelly and city councillor Harry McInroy that the department has

been “unduly favouring the Westin hotel with a low assessment.


     Mr. MacIsaac says the Westin assessment is rock solid. He

says assessors have examined the property every year and have

included the investments made in the landmark to bring it up to

modern standards. He says the assessments have never been

challenged.

     He says the Halifax Regional Municipality and the province

have a lot of issues to deal with, and “this kind of unfounded,

personal attack is not going to help.”

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Contact: Kevin Finch
         Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
         902-424-2733
         E-mail: finchkh@gov.ns.ca

kjd         March 9, 2001      3:43 P.M.