Guest Column: Historic property tax exemption

Much of St. Augustine’s rich history is reflected in its historic structures.

When historic properties are properly cared for and rehabilitated, they make important contributions to the quality and variety of our environment.

They provide unique settings for housing, education, businesses, shopping and entertainment.

To encourage the care and preservation of these resources, the City of St. Augustine and St. Johns County have recently modified codes to offer a ten (10) year ad valorem tax exemption on rehabilitations, restorations or renovations for qualifying historic properties.

Property owners are encouraged to take advantage of this benefit.

Those in the local building trades and real estate industry are encouraged to become knowledgeable about the program to assist property owners.

For more information regarding the program on the Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Historic Properties please visit: www.staugustinegovernment.com

Click on either “Residents” or “Businesses.” Then click on “Building Permits” and go to the link titled “Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Historic Properties.”

You can also contact the City of St. Augustine Planning and Building Department at (904) 825-1065 for information or assistance.

Sincerely yours,

Nancy Sikes-Kline
Commissioner
City of St. Augustine
(904) 806-6203

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