Historic preservation argument moves to courtroom

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by KVUE News

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Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 11:40 AM

AUSTIN -- The battle over Austin's historic preservation program moves to a courtroom.

Over the past 40 years, Austin has marked nearly 600 homes and buildings as historic landmarks. This makes them eligible for a large tax break.

The Austin American-Statesman says the exemptions are supposed to help owners spruce up the property. Critics say the cuts go to wealthy residents who don't need them.

A group sued the City last year, claiming they violate state law by granting tax breaks without requiring owners to prove the need for exemptions.

The suit says the City misses out on $4 million a year because of the ordinance.

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