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IN THE MAIL: Council erred on new-home rebate plan

GRAND FORKS -- The have and have-not mentality of the Grand Forks City Council is getting clearer every day. On May 20, the council passed a resolution to give a tax rebate for new home construction in Grand Forks so that potential builders and b...

GRAND FORKS -- The have and have-not mentality of the Grand Forks City Council is getting clearer every day.

On May 20, the council passed a resolution to give a tax rebate for new home construction in Grand Forks so that potential builders and buyers of new homes would move to Grand Forks rather than its neighbor, East Grand Forks. In doing so, all the majority did was load more of a tax burden on those who can least afford it and give those who could best afford to pay taxes an early bonus.

Why not give the same consideration to those who buy a home for the first time, whether or not it's new construction? In that manner, the young couple who buy a starter home will benefit from an early abatement to help them get settled.

I don't believe that tax abatement, being temporary, would be a deciding factor for anyone with the means to buy a new home in Grand Forks. Do people need to be paid a bonus to live here?

I applaud the two council members who voted against the measure. They seem to be the only two council people voting who had the best interests of their constituents at heart.

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I especially applaud Mike McNamara for the consistent positions he has taken. He will make a great mayor.

Gene Theroux

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