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Think hard before you vote for Springville trustee, mayor


I am not campaigning for any particular candidate, but people should have more information and rely on their political representation to have full facts, before making decisions.

In the Feb. 15, 2014 Journal reporting of the village board meeting, Trustee Chamberlin asked Mayor Krebs about tax incentives or funding for the village, if we had inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. His reported response was that he did not have that information, but said that inclusion “certainly can’t hurt.”

The board approved submitting the application.

I did a computer search about guidelines for the national register. There are federal and state standards, and then the local government may have regulations. You can find one informative website at May I add that finding this information took 15 minutes on my Saturday morning, but there is a lot more out there?

If your home is on the village listing of homes for the National Register of Historic Places, expect changes. If your home restoration or rehabilitation for tax credit is approved – and there are applications and fees, you must abide by regulations for rehabilitation and restoration. The federal regulations are through the National Park Service and state agencies generally follow their guidelines.

Before you do any work on which would earn a tax incentive, you must submit all plans, an application and a fee to the state agency. They will look over the architect’s plan and decide if it meets with the NPS guidelines. (That means you pay for a licensed architect). All plans must preserve the historical integrity of the building and include materials, interior space and design, and your plans must include the look of the time period and use period materials (no vinyl windows) in certain styles. There is another set of regulations about expansions and adding buildings to your property.

On to the tax incentive for homeowners! In New York, you will get tax credits for 20 percent of qualified costs, up to a credit of $50,000 dollars, as long as 5 percent of your costs were for exterior work. This also includes extra applications and fees. Do your math – architect, contractor, period-like materials, regulations on interior and exterior plans and additions to the property, time to complete applications and send plans and fees. Don’t forget that you have to wait for approval by the New York board. Does anything in NY go quickly?

There are federal and state and weatherization tax credits, but they are regulated, and therefore, if you did not meet the standards, you don’t get the credit.

To the village board members, who did any homework, before this proposal? Why was an answer of not having information accepted and a resolution that affects many passed? Did you have a meeting with homeowners whose properties may be included?

So on this issue, and for general decisions for the welfare of the village, think about your elected representatives.

Christine Gerber

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