The last of the abatements for Gardner’s Downtown Enhancement District will end in 2018.
The Downtown Enhancement District program expired on Dec. 31, 2009 and was not reinstated by the council. Businesses that entered the program before 2009 have rebates that extend until 2018.
The program originally began to help keep Gardner’s downtown viable and promote the area’s upkeep and historic theme.
From 1998 to 2016 Gardner has collected and rebated back to businesses about $1.16 million, said Daneeka Marshall-Oquendo, Gardner public affairs. The amount does not include the taxes yet to be collected in 2017 and 2018.
“Starting in January of 2017 – $1,169,178.82 will have been placed back onto the tax rolls,” Marshall-Oquendo said. In 2017 the total returned to the tax rolls will be about $38 thousand, and in 2018 about $25 thousand will go back on the tax rolls.
With the program’s completion in 2018, the total amount returned to the tax rolls at the end of the program will be about $1.233 million.