[Adopted 11-16-1998 by L.L. No. 5-1998]
This real property tax exemption for historic properties is being enacted in order to achieve the following goals:
Increase incentives for property owners in historic districts to invest in the upkeep and rehabilitation of properties.
Provide an incentive for the restoration and rehabilitation of commercial structures which qualify as landmarks in order to provide financial advantages, not available elsewhere in the county at this time, which may help to attract and retain businesses in the Village of Cobleskill.
Assist homeowners who are interested in restoring their own properties but may not be able to afford to do so when faced with potential increases in taxation as a result of alterations which would qualify for this exemption.
Provide financial incentives for investment in low-income residential neighborhoods which may contain landmark buildings or districts designated within the area.
Provide a concrete benefit to offset the possible financial disadvantage of owning historically or architecturally significant properties which are subject to the regulations of the Village of Cobleskill's Historic Overlay District.
The Village of Cobleskill's historic properties tax exemption is intended to apply to alterations or rehabilitations of historic property as authorized pursuant to §§ 96-a and 119-aa through 119-dd of the General Municipal Law and § 444-a of the Real Property Tax Law and all other powers granted to the Village of Cobleskill to provide such exemptions.
This article is intended to create a real property tax exemption that preserves or increases the historic character of real property located within the Village of Cobleskill.
Historic property shall be exempt from taxation to the extent of any increase in value attributable to such alteration or rehabilitation pursuant to the following schedule:
No such exemption shall be granted for such alterations or rehabilitation unless:
Such property has been designated as a landmark or is a property that contributes to the character of an historic district.
Alterations or rehabilitations must be made for means of historic preservation.
Such alterations or rehabilitation of historic property meet guidelines and review standards of the Historic Overlay District.
Such alterations or rehabilitation of historic property are approved by the Historic District Review Commission prior to the commencement of work.
Alterations or rehabilitation are commenced subsequent to the effective date of this article.
Such exemption shall be granted only upon application of the owner or owners of such historic real property on a form prescribed by the State Board. The application shall be filed with the Assessor of the Town of Cobleskill on or before the appropriate taxable status date of such town.
Such exemption shall be granted where the 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 as herein provided commencing with the assessment roll prepared on the basis of the taxable status date referred to in Subsection C of this section. 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.