Legislation to create a California tax credit for work performed on historic buildings is sitting on the Governor’s desk awaiting his decision. You can help by sending Governor Jerry Brown a message encouraging him to sign this important bill into law.
The bill, AB 1999, is jointly sponsored by the California Preservation Foundation and the AIA California Council. It would have California join the federal government and 35 other states in offering a tax credit to encourage developers and owners to make improvements to these historically important buildings and make them relevant components of our communities.
AB 1999 creates a 20% tax credit for work performed on these buildings. Some buildings would be eligible for a 25% tax credit (for example, if they are a part of an affordable housing project or in a transit-oriented development).
For more information on AB 1999, please read the coalition letter sent to Governor Brown.
There still is time to send Governor Brown a message urging him to sign AB 1999 into law, but it must be done this week. If you would like to, please follow these steps:
- Send him a message using the Governor’s online comment form
- Go to https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php
- Select “Have Comment”
- Under “Please Chose Your Subject” scroll down to AB 1999
- After pressing “Continue”, select the “Pro” button and enter comments urging him to sign AB 1999; if you are comfortable doing so, please enter comments on the importance of these buildings to our communities.
And, as always, if you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section below.