LR458, a resolution to acknowledge the 50th year of the National Historic Preservation Act, was passed March 9 by the Nebraska State Legislature.
The state’s program has also grown to identify and address the needs specific to the state, including the state income tax credit, a property tax valuation incentive for owners of historic properties that are rehabilitated and investment in “main street” communities and urban centers. The resolution was introduced by Senator Jerry Johnson of Wahoo (District 23). Co-sponsors were Mark Kolterman of Seward (District 24); John Stinner of Gering (District 48); and Matt Williams of Gothenburg (District 36).
Here is the full text of the resolution:
ONE HUNDRED FOURTH LEGISLATURE SECOND SESSION
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION 458
Introduced by Johnson, 23; Kolterman, 24; Stinner, 48; Williams, 36.
WHEREAS, the National Historic Preservation Act (P. L. 89-665) was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, thereby establishing the framework for inventorying and preserving America’s historic buildings, districts, landscapes, and archeological sites; and
WHEREAS, the Nebraska Legislature accepted the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act the following year and selected the Nebraska State Historical society to fulfill the state’s responsibilities under the Act; and
WHEREAS, this partnership has allowed Nebraska’s preservation program to identify and address the needs specific to our state, including a state income tax credit, a property tax valuation incentive for owners of historic properties that are rehabilitated, and investment in “main street” communities and urban centers; and
WHEREAS, the Nebraska State Historical Society today maintains a statewide comprehensive survey and inventory representing all of Nebraska’s 93 counties and over 92,888 places significant in Nebraska prehistory and history; and
WHEREAS, the National Register of Historic Places, also created by the National Historic Preservation Act, contains more than 1,888 historic properties and districts in Nebraska; and
WHEREAS, the Nebraska State Historical Society has developed an effective and efficient means to avoid or mitigate the impacts of federal projects on Nebraska’s historic places; and
WHEREAS, federal historic tax credits have resulted in the rehabilitation of hundreds of historic buildings for a diversity of housing and commercial uses in downtowns and older neighborhoods in Nebraska communities large and small; and
WHEREAS, community development, diversity, heritage tourism, and local pride of place are critical components of the state program; and
WHEREAS, the State of Nebraska joins with thousands of public, private, and nonprofit sector partners in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act throughout 2016 under the banner of “Preservation50” to celebrate the first five decades of the nation’s preservation program and to ensure a strong future for historic preservation efforts.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE ONE HUNDRED FOURTH LEGISLATURE OF NEBRASKA, SECOND SESSION:
- That the Legislature hereby acknowledges the national, state, local, and tribal partnerships established by the National Historic Preservation Act during the year of the 50th anniversary of its passage.
- That a copy of this resolution be sent to the United states Secretary of the Interior, the Director of the National Park Service, the Preservation50 Advisory Committee, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Nebraska State Historical Society, as an expression of the Legislature’s appreciation for the significance of the Act and its many benefits for the people of the State of Nebraska.