ACC and historic landmarks
Re: July 9 article “Historic landmark tax break under scrutiny.”
It was disappointing that the Austin Community College recently disengaged from participation in the local incentive program for historic preservation. This decision is short-sighted and detrimental to community-wide goals and objectives.
Per the Texas Historical Commission, historic preservation in Austin produces more than $140 million annually in economic activity. Recognizing this value, our local taxing entities have participated in the incentive program for more than 30 years.
ACC enjoys the benefits of preservation with landmark status for its flagship Rio Grande campus, but now declines to support the program that makes preservation possible for others.
Preservation is a vital component to Austin’s special and unique sense of place, which is consistently cited as a draw by companies recruited to Austin, as well as those who call Austin home. It’s an investment in our community that produces solid returns. ACC should reconsider its recent action.