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Horse Owners in Iceland Criticize Local Authorities

Chairman of the Icelandic Equestrian Association, Haraldur Thórarinsson, has accused local authorities of cheating horse owners out of their money with unjust real estate tariffs. He also said they violate the equality provision of the Icelandic constitution.

Thórarinsson also mentioned that the local authorities in Ísafjördur, Álftanes, Gardabaer and Árborg have begun categorizing stables as buildings for industrial purposes, which has resulted in horse owners having to pay much higher real estate tariffs than previously, reports.

Thórarinsson claimed horse owners were treated differently within the same region, like in Árborg where there is no difference between the level of service for horse owners on farms and in urban neighborhoods despite the fact that there is a vast difference in real estate prices.

Thórarinsson said that a lawyer confirmed this is a clear violation of the constitutional rights, adding that horse owners will take actions to set this straight by filing a test case.

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