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“Green” redevelopment initative introduced by President Tandy

Thursday April 23, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

To honor the observance of Earth Day, Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) announced the introduction of an ordinance that would save residential and commercial property owners tax money with future qualifying renovations and investments in existing properties.

“This is an initiative that over the long run will not only save money for property owners, but encourage capital investment locally and in the long run, improve the community and our environment,” says Tandy.

The ordinance will allow for a Tax Assessment Moratorium “TAM” if a property owner decides to rehabilitate or renovate with the intention of making Metro Louisville a greener place to live.

It sets several guidelines for receiving a TAM. All existing residential and commercial structures at least 25 years old may qualify for a reassessment moratorium if:

    • The costs of the improvements made to the structure to repair, rehabilitate, restore or stabilize it equal at least 25% of the value of the improvements to the property based on the latest assessment made by the Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator; or

    • The qualifying property is within a “target area”, a census tract where at least 70% of the residents living in that tract have income below 80% of the median income for Jefferson County or 20% of the residents living in that tract have incomes below the poverty level, the cost of the improvements must be equal to at least 10% of the value of the improvements to the property based on the latest assessment, or

    • The qualifying property will, at the conclusion of the plan of improvement, be a LEED Certified property based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards in effect at the time of application.

“I believe these tax assessment moratoriums will be an effective tool to encourage our community to move in the direction of being environmentally aware of our needs in the future,” says Tandy.

For more information about the ordinance, contact President Tandy’s office at 574-1104.

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President Tandy is joined by Cliff Ashburner, a LEED Certified attorney of the US Green Building Council in announcing the 'Green" Effort

The Green Building in th e700 Block of East Market is an example of a renovated building that is geared to environmental change ads part of downtown redevelopment

Teh Green Building features a rain garden to keep water on the property which limits pollutants from entering the storm sewers