Housing incentives for new Inman residents are inching closer to a reality.
Members of the Inman City Council and Inman school district met Jan. 28 to discuss how the city could bring more new families to the area.
At the top of the list is providing a housing incentive to new residents.
The city hopes to have a concrete plan by March, but some ideas include forgiving some taxes to a new home owner for five years or a graduated tax rebate of 100 percent in the first year, 80 percent in the second year, and so on.
Mayor John O'Brien said a local builder has houses available but has had trouble selling the properties.
“Giving an incentive on taxes to offset part of the specials may help builders,” he said.
O’Brien said Inman has the advantage of being a small town but in commuting range of Hesston, Newton, Hutchinson and McPherson.
“We definitely have a small-town feel,” O’Brien said. “That is why I retired here. We were looking for a place and fell in love when we came here to look.”