10/23/2012 09:22 EDT | Updated 12/23/2012 05:12 EST

Controversial sale of exhibition grounds on hold for now, says Nova Scotia mayor

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - The mayor of Antigonish, N.S., says the town will wait for an appeal process to play out before moving ahead with a controversial land sale.

The Antigonish-Guysborough Federation of Agriculture has said it will appeal a ruling by a provincial Supreme Court judge that prevented it from stopping the proposed tax sale of the exhibition grounds.

Federation president Dustin Swinkles says selling the property would be a big blow to his group, which wants the property declared tax-exempt.

Antigonish Mayor Carl Chisholm says the planned sale will be put on hold as long as the issue is before the courts.

But he says if the federation doesn't file its appeal by the Nov. 15 deadline, the sale will proceed as planned.

The town argues the county owes $332,000 in back taxes, but the county claims the property should never have been taxed by the town in the first place.