[Adopted 7-21-2008 by L.L. No. 2-2008]
The City Council of the City of Newburgh finds that the rehabilitation and renovation work on historic properties located in historic districts tends to be more expensive than similar work on other properties because of the nature of the work and the cost of materials that may be required. The purpose and intent of this article is to provide a property tax incentive to encourage investment in and the rehabilitation of historic properties, and to preserve the historic character of real property located within the City of Newburgh.
Historic property shall be exempt from taxation to the extent of any increase in value attributable to the alteration, rehabilitation or renovation of such property according to the following schedule:
No such exemption shall be granted for such alteration, rehabilitation or renovation unless:
Such property has been designated as a landmark, or is a property that contributes to the character of a designated historic district, created by local law, passed pursuant to § 96-a or § 119-dd of the General Municipal Law.
Alterations, rehabilitations or renovations must be made for means of historic preservation.
Such alteration, rehabilitation or renovation of historic property is approved by the Architectural Review Commission prior to commencement of work.
Alteration, rehabilitation or renovation is commenced subsequent to the effective date of this local law.
This exemption shall be granted only by application of the owner or owners of such historic real property on a form prescribed by the New York State Board of Equalization and Assessment. The application shall be filed with the City Assessor on or before the City's appropriate taxable status date.
This exemption shall be granted where the City's Assessor is satisfied that the applicant is entitled to an exemption pursuant to this article. The Assessor shall approve such application and such property shall thereafter be exempt from taxation and special ad valorem levies as herein provided commencing with the assessment roll prepared on the basis for the taxable status date referred to above. The assessed value of any exemption granted pursuant to this section shall be entered by the Assessor on the assessment roll with the taxable property, with the amount of the exemption shown in a separate column.
This article shall take effect immediately and shall apply to assessment rolls completed on or after such effective date.