ACC and his­toric land­marks

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

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.

John Don­isi


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