The Daily Star
---- — Misinformation abounds in Springfield
The Springfield Historical Society has been the nominating organization in support of the application to the National Historic Register for the Springfield Patent since 1995. This nomination recognizes pre-Revolutionary land-use patterns, which are historically significant in 17,000 acres. This honor brings homeowner tax credits of 20 percent for $5,000 investment. Business improvements can receive 40 percent rebates. Local government and not-for-profits are eligible for improvement grants. This listing brings valuable tools to attract jobs, while improving the local economy.
Some opposition letters were signed due to much misinformation circulating. Listing the district does not restrict the property owners from continuing to do whatever they want to do with their property. If you don’t use government funding, you don’t need approval for your actions. Farmers do not need state approval to operate or improve their farms. Homeowners do not have difficulty selling, financing, improving or insuring their homes. Business owners do not avoid historic districts.
Please research National Historic Register districts, which differs from a more-restrictive Local Historic District, or one that is imposed by local laws. To help us support this listing, please call 547-8809, and send a letter of support.
Dries is the president of the Springfield Historical Society.