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D.C. turns down Donald Trump's request for tax break

Monday - 1/28/2013, 6:34am  ET

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia officials are requiring Donald Trump's organization to pay millions in local property taxes to redevelop the Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel.

Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump inquired about whether the District would forgo the taxes to facilitate the redevelopment. But D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and members of the city council decided not to give a tax break to the famously wealthy Trump family.

Gray spokesman Pedro Ribeiro says it would not have been fair to offer the Trumps a tax break.

The Old Post Office Pavilion is federal property that the Trump Organization plans to lease to build a 261-room hotel, spa and restaurants.

D.C. has a special tax for private entities operating within federal buildings. Union Station leaseholders have challenged the tax.


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