Preservation Action Polls Grassroots on Policy Issues
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
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For the last three years, Preservation Action polled its grassroots membership to get a sense of what were the most salient preservation issues on Capitol Hill. Roughly one quarter of respondents represented in the poll were State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) and another quarter were staff at nonprofit preservation organizations. Approximately 10% of respondents represented Certified Local Governments (CLGs) while other voters included cultural resource management professionals, architects, and students.
In the poll, Preservation Action members identified emerging preservation issues and singled out the connection between preservation and green buildings, sustainability, and energy policy as the primary "issues to watch" in the near future. Respondents also expounded on topics such as funding for SHPO offices and making sure that the current preservation policies are being carried out. Other policy areas of concern cited by respondents included: creating a federal preservation education program for K-12 students; advocacy for New Markets Tax Credits; more bricks and mortar funding for historic preservation; a call to revive a bill (HR 2488) sponsored by Rep. Russ Carnahan's in the 109th Congress to remove any federal disincentive from using state historic rehab tax credits; and a tax credit for rehabilitating historic barns.
Here's how Preservation Action members ranked the current preservation issues by importance in its poll*:
- 93% - Funding for State Historic Preservation Offices
- 82% - Enacting a Historic Homeowner’s Tax Credit
- 81% - Improvements to the Commercial Rehabilitation Tax Credit
- 71% - Save America’s Treasures Program funding
- 70.5% - Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
- 69% - Rural Preservation Programs
- 66.4% - National Heritage Areas
- 66% - Community Development Block Grants
- 61% - Brownfields Economic Development Initiative
- 60% - Preserve America funding
* reprinted with the permission of Preservation Action.
Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust
Keywords: Preservation Action, National Trust for Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), Certified Local Governments, Historic Homeowner’s Tax Credit, Save America's Treasures
Posted: October 23, 2007
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