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Posted October 23, 2013 | Leave a comment
Board approves tax break
By Alex Bridges
WOODSTOCK -- A nonprofit group in Edinburg received a tax break from Shenandoah County leaders this week.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve a request by the Edinburg Heritage Foundation Inc. to exempt a building and land the organization owns at 106 High St. in the town from county real estate and personal property taxes.
Supervisor David Ferguson noted in his motion to approve the exemption that the property was formerly home to United Church of Christ. No supervisors commented on the request before the vote.
No one spoke at a public hearing supervisors held on the request Oct. 8. A representative of the foundation brought the request to the board at an earlier work session and noted that the organization had paid some taxes on the property.
The latest figures assess the property value at $284,800, which would generate $1,538 in real estate tax at the current rate, according to information provided by the county.
The county allows nonprofit groups to seek exemptions from real estate and personal property taxes. The board has the authority to approve or deny requests following a public hearing.
This marks the second property owned by a nonprofit group the board has exempted from local taxes in the past several months. Supervisors in August voted 3-2 to approve a request by the Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge to exempt property the nonprofit owns at 259 and 280 Sky Chalet Lane from local taxes. The county assessed the property at $513,900 with a real estate tax of $2,775.06 and $150 for personal property tax owed in 2013.
The board heard from a representative of Teen Challenge at a May 2 work session who described the organization's mission and the use of the property it bought this past March. The county held a public hearing on the request and then took action Aug. 13.
Chairman Conrad Helsley and Ferguson voted against granting the request. Ferguson said then he didn't feel the county should take the properties off the tax rolls. Ferguson, citing information from the organization, pointed out that the group provides services beyond the county.
Also at the meeting, supervisors:
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