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Once you’ve found that information, you can write a letter or email to your legislator, urging them to support this bill.
Copy and paste some or all of the text below, to help make a strong case for the bill!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge you to support a 25% rate for West Virginia’s historic rehabilitation tax credit for income-producing properties. West Virginia has 168 registered historic districts ripe for revitalization – yet developers choose to invest in neighboring states instead of our downtowns due to West Virginia’s current, uncompetitive 10% rate.
Neighboring states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia, all have 25% historic rehabilitation tax credits. Since 2002, each of these three states has created more than 44,000 jobs in the redevelopment of historic buildings, generating more than $3 billion in total income for each state. In the same period, West Virginia’s 10% tax credit has created just 3,529 jobs, and $170 million in total income.
West Virginia must take action to remain economically competitive with surrounding states. An increase in the current state historic rehabilitation tax credit rate from 10% to 25% would make West Virginia’s historic commercial districts more attractive to developers, spurring private investment, creating jobs, repurposing vacant and underutilized buildings, and providing West Virginia with a positive return on investment.
For all these reasons, I encourage you to support an improved Historic Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit to further encourage reuse and redevelopment of difficult-to-finance historic properties. Communities across West Virginia will benefit from a stronger tool to breathe new life into their historic commercial districts.
Thank you for being a champion of smart, sustainable economic development that creates jobs while retaining our state’s distinctive historic character.
If you want to take the next step in your advocacy, call your legislator! A few calls can really make a difference in a legislator’s vote.