Horace City Council to reconsider tax abatement for new homes after program expired January 1st

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(Fargo, ND) -- A Horace City Councilmember is talking about how tax abatements on new homes in the city came to an end with the start of the new year.      

"I would say for the abatements that we had, I guess the argument is was it something that people were moving to Horace just for the abatement? I don't really necessarily believe that," said Naomi Berkland. 

Naomi Berkland says she believes city council members realized the abatement program was expiring January 1, and says they allowed it to end without putting the matter up for discussion. The abatement gave buyers of certain new properties tax breaks up to 150 thousand dollars for two years. Now, Berkland says the abatement program will be on the agenda for their next meeting January 24th. 

"I did, I did ask for this, maybe we should have this on the agenda before it expires. I really don't know like how it transpired that it didn't get put on okay, so it just expired. There wasn't actually a vote to end it, per se," said Berkland.  

Berkland appeared on Thursdays with Tony and WDAY AM 970.  

Original Air Date: 
Thursday, January 12, 2023