FAQs

What is the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP)?

The NRP is intended to promote the revitalization of designated areas within the city of Augusta through the rehabilitation, conservation, of redevelopment of those areas in order to protect the public health, safety or welfare of the residents of the city.  More specifically, a tax rebate incentive will be available for eligible improvements or renovations to properties located within the area.  If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application, contact the City Inspector at City Hall by calling 316-775-4510 or 316-775-4505.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a 95% tax rebate for 10 years in Area 1 and 5 years in Area 2 (see NRP Areas map).  The rebate is based on the increase to the appraised value of the home resulting from your specific improvements.  Only the first $200,000 of added value for residential construction and $500,000 for commercial construction is eligible for rebate.

How do I know if my home is in the revitalization area?

The original NRP adopted in 2003 only applied to properties south of Kelly Street.  However, beginning March 2011, the City Council has amended the NRP to incorporate all remaining areas of the city north of Kelly Street.  In short, the whole city (minus the industrial park) is now in the revitalization area.

Are new homes eligible for tax rebates?

Yes.  In Area 1, new construction on vacant lots will be eligible for a tax rebate for 10 years.  In Area 2, new construction on vacant lots will be eligible for a tax rebate for 5 years.

What types of improvement projects qualify?

Projects that are more likely to increase a structure’s appraised value include additions, windows, siding, etc.  Projects such as painting and carpet are eligible, but may not result in much, if any, increase in appraised value.

Is there a minimum amount I need to spend on my improvements?

Yes.  For residential property, you will need to spend at least $5,000 or 10% of the assessed value of your building, whichever is higher.  Assessed value is calculated by taking the appraised value of your residential property and multiplying by 11.5%.

I own a business in Augusta.  Are commercial properties eligible?

Yes.  The program covers commercial projects as well as residential construction.

Is there a minimum amount I need to spend on my improvements?

Yes.  For commercial property, you will need to spend at least $10,000 or 15% of the assessed value of your bulding, whichever is higher.  Assessed value is calculated by taking the appraised value of your commercial property and multiplying by 25%.

I’ve finished construction, what is the next step?

In the January following construction completion, the County Appraiser will inspect and determine the new valuation.

When do I get my tax rebate?

Your tax rebate will begin the following January.  After you have made full payment of your annual taxes, Butler County will send you the appropriate rebate.  A check will be mailed in January (if taxes are paid in full by December) or June (if taxes are paid in full by May).

What if I fail to pay my taxes?

Participation in the program will be canceled.

Can I reapply if my delinquent taxes are paid?

Yes.  You can apply to take advantage of a one-time provision to be reinstated.  Taxes must be paid in full no later than 45 days after their due date.

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