Hutchinson officials urged to end housing program

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Hutchinson Housing Commission has recommended the city council allow a two-year-old housing incentive program to expire.

The New Construction Housing Incentive Program was created amid a deep housing slump, The Hutchinson News reported. It offers a rebate on the city portion of property taxes for any new single-family home bought between Jan. 21, 2013, and Dec. 31 of this year.

Housing Program Manager Irene Hart said last month that it was rarely used and did not spur new housing in the city. She said only six new homeowners received rebate checks when they were delivered in July. In total, the checks were for about $3,000.

On Wednesday, she said the city was basically giving away tax money, because the single-family homes would have been built regardless of the program.

The incentive expires in December, and the commission unanimously voted Wednesday to advise the city council not to renew it. Some commission members said the rebates were not much of an incentive since it applied only to city taxes and not the entire property tax bill.



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