The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 28, 1879

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City Council

The Montreal Transportation Company

The following communication was read from Mr. P.R. Henderson: The subscriber sent a communication to the Council last August respecting rebate on taxes of the Montreal Transportation Company for 1877, and which it appears the Collector now requires to be paid. The Council took no action on said communication until the last meeting of the Council for 1878, when they declined to accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee to allow said rebate to prevail. Since that time the Company have been in communication with the Council of the Corporation of Portsmouth, to ascertain on what terms they can move their business to that point. We have now before us their answer offering the use of their pier free of rent and taxes on same, also guarantee of no taxes being levied on any of their floating stock or elevators. This offer we have not yet submitted to our Head Office in Montreal, and consider it best to communicate first with you trusting that you will reconsider your former action in this manner, and see that forwarders are treated as well as other vessel and steam boat owners, and that you will grant them such assurances as will at least place their floating property free from taxation. When we get your answer to this communication we will then be able to place both the merits of Kingston and Portsmouth in their true light for their consideration. He concluded by hoping the Council would give this matter a fair hearing, and do what they consider the best for the city.

Ald. McKelvey moved that the communication be referred to the Finance Committee to report.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 28, 1879