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Tuesday June 30 2015
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2014-03-19 at 16:57

Port Arthur Prosvita could face city-mandated sale

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

The owners of the Port Arthur Prosvita are $95,000 behind on their taxes and could be facing a city-mandated sale to recover the costs.

The north-side facility has been a controversial choice to house both the Indian Friendship Centre and a new youth centre, with neighbours up in arms about increased traffic in the area.

Owners of the now-closed building have been in tax arrears since 2011, making it eligible for a tax sale if the money owed isn’t forthcoming.

Last September the city paid $57,000 to hold the Prosvita, which expires at the end of March.
The proposed $10-million youth-centre project remains up in the air, with both provincial and federal governments indicating they’re not willing to fund a share of the cost.

The head of the Indian Friendship Centre has asked the city to purchase the property and move ahead with the project.

The city could bid on the property if the taxes aren’t paid, but only if there is a municipal use for the facility.

City officials have refused comment on their plans and council will meet behind closed doors next week to further discuss the project.

– With files from TBTV’s Dennis Ward.

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Watchful says:
Mystified, you mean like this town which spends without a worry and who cares about how they will pay for it.
3/22/2014 6:51:04 PM
mystified says:
I was stating a fact in response to musicferrets' comment.
There becomes a point in time where people have to make adjustments in their lives. Many people retire thinking they have the world by the tail but soon find out that the pension of today isn't so great 20 years down the road as the cost of living increases.

I don't think the city should partner with anyone in this type of venture. Someone wants it for whatever can find private investors to finance it.
3/23/2014 12:28:46 PM
S Duncan says:
all tax seized property should be auctioned off by sealed bids within 90 days of seizure with the buyer assuming all risks.

City hall is full of unsuccessful businessmen who think they are tycoons using tax dollars like monopoly money.

When the city stops pursuing the dreams of failed people (that's why they aren't in business themselves) and acting like the government they are supposed to be this city will once again be on the road to prosperity.

Nothing says "stay away" louder than a city council trying to interfere with free enterprise.

Government is never the answer, they are the problem. Sell this problem immediately.

The ideal situation would be if the people in the area that didn't want the special indian friendship center could muster up a few bucks and buy it themselves and do what they want with it.
3/22/2014 9:16:28 AM
Lpitura says:
Hilarious, troll. It's super funny that you are forever ranting against government in all your various nameforms yet fail to see that this is free enterprise, in such that if the citizens as private entities can't get enough cash together to buy the building and save themselves from the dreaded friendship centre then too bad soo sad suck it up. Someone with the funds can buy it and do what they want with it and that is free enterprise, regardless of what becomes of it.
The government isn't your enemy fool it's corporations who are the biggest threat to small business and if you don't know that no wonder you have so much free time to spend on here preaching and trolling.
3/22/2014 12:50:03 PM
Watchful says:
If the Indian Friendship wants it, buy it yourselves. I DO NOT want to pay for this crap anymore. This council and our sneaky mayor need to discuss things openly, all these decisions made behind closed doors is getting old.

To mystified, you really do need a life. If people have worked hard all their lives,they deserve to enjoy their time any way they want
3/21/2014 10:21:02 PM
mystified says:
Some people just can't face reality.
When you are on a fixed income you should know that you can't enjoy the life of the high roller and you have to make changes to survive.
Suck it up.
3/22/2014 9:48:59 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
...If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, and wishes were horses, then beggars would ride....
3/21/2014 7:54:04 PM
Kam River says:
Are Hobbs and company playing games again
I thought the provs owned $95,000 back taxes.
Then why did the city Last September paid $57,000 to hold the Prosvita, which expires at the end of March
Who did they pay the $57,000.
This smells to high heaven.
I think it is time the OPP re brought in to investigate this admin and council for wrong doing.
3/21/2014 7:31:59 PM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
If the city "owns" the property, use it for the new pa shelterhouse? Turn it into the freiendship centre that all are so concerned about building, put use to it instead of selling it off!! The building is in fair to good shape, is it not?
Put it as a 2nd payment centre for utilities/water revenue etc.

3/21/2014 4:54:19 PM
reese says:
It is not just Thunder Bay,Canada has the most overvalued real estate in the world
The finance minister that just retired warned us many times of this
3/20/2014 5:04:05 PM
musicferret says:
Ruined by taxes. Happening all over the city.

The part that doesn't get the coverage: those who have been forced to move out of their 30+ years homes because they can no longer afford the taxes. Its awful, and its happening across our city.
3/20/2014 11:18:55 AM
mystified says:
I disagree with the part about they can no longer afford the taxes. Get rid of the smart phone Plan, knowbody is that important that they have to be available instantly. Go on a pay as you go account, get rid of the landline , cut the tv down to the basics or eliminate it all together and get your choice of entertainment on the internet. Dump the second car, quit smoking and drink less. Cook meals instead of microwaving everything.
3/20/2014 5:16:25 PM
Lpitura says:
So what about the new housing starts.
3/22/2014 8:36:36 AM
SomeGuy says:
Says the guy from his $800,000 dollar house.
3/22/2014 10:50:15 PM
Sprague Street Superman says:
why is this being done in super secrecy? what is wrong? what are they hiding from the people that are too ignorant to know what to think?

Im with samoa joe. Where is the transparency we were promised? All hobbes does is lie to everyone every chance he gets. Why are coucillors hiding from comment or questions?

what kind of mess did Hobbes get us into here?
3/20/2014 10:50:10 AM
CM Punk says:
You would think with the upcoming mining boom that these buildings would sell and the city would not have to swallow the taxes, or should I say the taxpayer.

Oh wait! The mining boom is not going to happen. At least not anytime soon.
TBay is a city with overpriced homes, poor infrastructure, too many fast food joints and tons of min wage mc jobs abound.

3/20/2014 10:43:52 AM
Shane Caker says:
Obsessed with the ring of fire failure much??
3/20/2014 9:35:58 PM
Samoa Joe says:
You ran on more transparency at city hall last election Hobbs. What are you and this bush league city council hiding from the tax payers that you all are meeting behind closed doors? Just another broken campaign promise by hobbs.
3/20/2014 9:14:27 AM
jimmyboy says:
sell it off if you can actually find a buyer for it...better than the city sitting with it on our books.
3/19/2014 6:43:06 PM
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