SUMNER COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION PLAN (NRP)
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Construction of an improvement must have been commenced on or after July 1, 2004 the effective date of enactment of the tax rebate program. An application for rebate must be filed within 60 days of the issuance of a building permit. No building or remodeling can begin until the application for rebate has been filed with the appraiser's office and a picture of the property has been taken. Pictures prior to rehabilitation projects will be taken by the County Appraiser's Office. Pictures of new construction prior to beginning project will be taken by either the County Appraiser's Office or the County Planning and Zoning Office. there must be a minimum investment of $5,000 for residential, commercial and industrial property.
SUMNER COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION PLAN PURPOSE AND FACTUAL FINDINGS
This plan is intended to promote the revitalization of the area of Sumner County through the rehabilitation, conservation or redevelopment of the area in order to protect the public health, safety or welfare of the residents of the County. K.S.A. 12-17, 115 defines the meaning of a neighborhood revitalization area more completely. A tax rebate incentive will be available for certain rehabilitation, improvement and new construction within the area. In accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 12-17, 114 et seq., the County Commission has held a public hearing and considered the existing conditions and alternatives with respect to the designated Area, the criteria and standards for a tax rebate and the necessity for interlocal cooperation among the other taxing units. Accordingly, the Commission has carefully reviewed, evaluated and determined the Area meets one or more of the conditions to be designated as “neighborhood revitalization area/dilapidated structure”.
Our 2002 Sumner County Comprehensive Plan addressed housing as a priority. The goal was to assure adequate supply of structurally sound, visually pleasing housing consistent with the needs and desires of the citizens. The objectives of the Comprehensive Plan are:
*Maximize the opportunity for each family or individual to rent or purchase safe, sanitary and decent housing within their economic means.
*Assure equal opportunity in choice of housing for all people regardless of race, religion, age or sex.
*Encourage development of neighborhoods designed for maintenance of a high quality living environment.
*Develop programs that will encourage and promote rehabilitation of existing housing.
*Cooperate with area communities in the effort to encourage affordable housing in all its forms.
*Continue to seek participating funding for development and improvement of the county-wide housing stock through the various grant funding sources.
Lack of housing, the dilapidation, deterioration and obsolescence of residential, commercial, and industrial structures, low housing vacancy rates, lack of rentals, limited population growth, limited real income growth all contribute to the need for a neighborhood revitalization plan.
There is a direct relationship between the age of a home and its general physical condition. The age of rural housing has not been published to date since the 1990 census. The following table shows the number of existing housing units by each decade from 1950 to 2000.
1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000
7,701 8,222 8,977 10,356 10,769 10,877
There were a total of 7,701 housing units in Sumner County in 1950. From 1960 to 1980, the number increased from 8,222 to 8,977, an increase of 9%. With slow housing growth, the overall age of the homes in Sumner County is slowly creeping up. Vacant housing units in 2000 due to dilapidation or other factors totaled 989 or 9.1% of the total housing units. The following table shows the age of home by year:
Years Number %
2000 to 2002 160 1.4
1990 to 2000 108 1.0
1980 to 1990 1358 12.3
1970 to 1979 1950 18.1
1960 to 1969 829 17.7
1950 to 1959 1768 16.4
1940 to 1949 778 7.1
1939 or earlier 4068 36.9
The above table indicates a very high percentage of homes built before 1939, totaling 36.9%. This suggests that there are likely many homes in the county that are in need of rehabilitation due to their age.
There has always been a need for all types of housing in Sumner County. Low vacancy rate for rentals exist throughout Sumner County which makes it hard for low to medium income families to find decent housing. Most rental housing consists of old homes or apartments that are in need of rehabilitation. There is a need for new or improved multi-family and individual living rental units for low to middle income families with children and senior citizens. There is also a need of incentives for developers in the construction of new multi-family and single family units. For owners of existing homes, there is a need for incentives to rehabilitate existing housing to make them safer, more energy efficient and conserve their structural condition for generations to come.
Population in Sumner County has marginally increased, from 24,928 in 1980 to 25,842 in 1990 to 25,946 in 2000 for an overall rate of 4.1% or annualized growth rate of .19 %. It is anticipated that by year 2020, future annual population growth levels for Sumner County will be in the two percent range. Therefore, the need for new housing and rehabilitation of existing housing will become even more critical as the migration of people from Wichita continues.
Per capita income has increased marginally from $16,098 in 1990 to $20,880 in 2000, an overall increase of 22.9% or an annualized rate of increase of 2.3%. Employment in the county has increased marginally from 10,333 workers in 1980 to 12,395 in 2000, an overall rate of increase of 16.6% or an annualized rate of increase of .83%.
Many of the commercial buildings in the downtown districts of the towns in Sumner County are well over 50 years of age and in major need of rehabilitation for safety, health and conservation reasons. The Cities of Caldwell and Wellington have experienced first hand, within recent years, the cost of having to remove a dilapidated building from its main street and the eyesore it leaves. The incentive of the tax rebate program for the owners of main street buildings has helped make some needed improvements to conserve and revitalize the down town areas of Sumner County, however more can be done to improve this situation.
As indicated above, the primary economic development priority from the Sumner County Strategic Plan was housing. People across the County during planning community meetings expressed their concern for the lack of good quality housing. Therefore, one of the solutions that is offered to reverse or improve the trends above is the renewal of the previous Sumner County Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SUMNER COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION AREA
Beginning at the Northeast corner of Section 1, Township 30 South, Range 2 East of the 6th P.M., thence Westerly along the North line of Township 30 to the Northwest corner of Section 6, Township 30 South, Range 4 West of the 6th P.M., thence Southerly along the West Line of Townships 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35 South, Range 4 West of the 6th P.M., to the Southwest corner of Section 18, Township 35 South, Range 4 West of the 6th P.M., said point being on the Kansas-Oklahoma border, thence Easterly along the Kansas-Oklahoma border to the Southeast corner of Section 13, Township 35 South, Range 2 East of the 6th P.M., thence Northerly along the East line of Townships 35, 34, 33, 32, 31 and 30, Range 2 East of the 6th P.M. to the place of beginning.
ASSESSED VALUATION OF SUMNER COUNTY
The assessed valuation of the real estate contained in the Area is $113,677,800.00. The assessed value of land alone is $35,640,650.00; the assessed value of the buildings alone is $78,037,150.00. The assessed value of each individual parcel in the Area can be accessed in the County Clerk Office, Sumner County Courthouse, Wellington, Kansas
LISTING OF OWNERS OF RECORD IN AREA
The owners of record of each parcel of land, together with corresponding addresses are on file in the Sumner County Clerk’s Office, Sumner County Courthouse, Wellington, Kansas.
A) EXISTING ZONING CLASSIFICATIONS AND BOUNDARIES
B) EXISTING AND PROPOSED LAND USES
The zoning classifications and land uses of each parcel of land are on file in the Sumner County Planning and Zoning Office, Sumner County Courthouse, Wellington, Kansas.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE AREA
The Capital Improvements for the Area are addressed in the 2002 Sumner County Comprehensive Plan. This plan addresses issues relating to Public Safety, Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Sewage, and Utilities. This Plan is on file in the Sumner County Planning and Zoning Office, Sumner County Courthouse, Wellington, Kansas.
PROPERTY ELIBIBLE FOR A TAX REBATE
1) Rehabilitation, alterations and additions to any existing residential structure, including the alteration of a single-family home into a multi-family dwelling, shall be eligible. The rebate period will be for a period of 5 years with the percent of rebate as specified in Part 10.
2) Construction of new residential structures, including the conversion of all or part of a non-residential structure, shall be eligible. The rebate period will be for a period of 5 years with the percent of rebate as specified in Part 10.
3) Improvements to existing or construction of new residential accessory structures such as garages, storage buildings, workshops and decks shall be eligible. Sprinkling systems, water wells, residential fences, landscaping, hot tubs, gazebos, patios, yard improvements and recreational improvements or structures, and personal property are exempt from inclusion in the tax rebate plan. Any structure which does not lend itself to the obvious inclusion within the above meaning should be cleared with the Sumner County Appraiser. The preceding list of exemptions may not be complete and may be enlarged on a case by case basis. Rebate periods will follow (1) or (2) above depending whether the primary project filed with the Sumner County Appraiser was residential rehabilitation or new residential construction.
4) Eligible residential property may be located anywhere in the neighborhood revitalization area.
5) Special assessments will not be eligible for abatement.
1) Rehabilitation, alteration and additions to any existing commercial structure used for retail, office, manufacturing, warehousing, institutional, agricultural or other commercial or industrial purpose shall be eligible. The rebate period will be for a period of 5 years with the percent of rebate as specified in Part 10.
2) Construction of new commercial structures, including the conversion of all or part of a non-commercial structure into a commercial structure, used for retail, office, manufacturing, warehousing, institutional, agricultural or other commercial or industrial purpose shall be eligible subject to appraisal guidelines. Irrigation development is not eligible. The rebate period will be for a period of 5 years with the percent of rebate as specified in Part 10.
3) Improvements to existing or construction of new structures used for public utility or railroad purposes shall not be eligible.
4) Eligible commercial or industrial property may be located anywhere in the neighborhood revitalization area.
5) Special assessments will not be eligible for abatement.
CRITERIA FOR DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY AND STANDARDS FOR REVIEW AND APPROVAL
1) Construction of an improvement must have been commenced on or after July 1, 2004 the effective date of enactment of the tax rebate program.
2) An application for rebate must be filed within 60 days of the issuance of a building permit. Pictures of the property prior to improvement must be available to the County Appraiser’s Office. Pictures prior to rehabilitation projects will be taken by the County Appraiser’s Office. Pictures of new construction prior to beginning project will be taken by either the County Appraiser’s Office or the County Planning and Zoning Office.
3) There must be a minimum investment of $5,000 for residential, commercial and industrial property.
4) New as well as existing improvements on the property must conform to all codes, rules and regulations in effect at the time the improvements are made and shall remain in conformance for the duration of the rebate period. Tax rebates may be terminated if improvements or new construction do not conform to applicable building codes.
5) Property eligible for tax incentives under any other program adopted pursuant to statutory or constitutional authority shall be eligible to submit only one application per project.
6) No applicant having any delinquent real, personal or special assessment taxes due Sumner County on any property will be eligible for this program. In the event any such taxes become delinquent during the abatement period, all current and future tax rebates shall be forfeited.
7) Qualified improvements or new construction eligible for tax rebates under the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan may submit only one application per calendar year beginning on January 1 on the legally described parcel defined in the application to the appraiser.
8) Tax rebates are subject to approval of each taxing unit. See the County Clerk for taxing units who have adopted the Tax Rebate Program of the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. A tax rebate will be based on the increase in assessed value following the first full year of completion. The assessed value may change up or down depending on the change in applicable mil levies as well as market value.
9) Tax rebates transfer with ownership of the qualifying property, subject to requirements in #6 above. Tax rebates will be paid based on ownership as of January 1 of the current tax year.
10) Tax rebate is made at the time distributions are made approximately January 20th, March 20th and June 5th. If property tax is paid in semi-annual payments, the rebate is made following the last payment. Taxes must be paid in full by May 10th.
11) In any given year, the rebate paid will be based upon the lesser of the increase in assessed value from the first year, or the value as assessed in the current year.
12) Construction must be completed within 18 months. Extensions beyond that period will be considered on a case by case basis upon review by the Sumner County Commissioner.
13) Once a project application for new construction or improvements to an existing property has been approved, no other application for NRP will be considered until the current project has been completed. Only one project per parcel may be open at one time.
14) Homes that are affixed to permanent perimeter foundations are eligible.
CONTENTS OF APPLICATION FOR TAX REBATE
A) General Information
1) Owner’s Name
2) Owner’s Mailing Address
3) School District No.
4) Parcel I.D. No.
5) Building Permit No.
6) Address of Property
7) Legal Description of Property
8) Day Phone Number
9) Proposed Property Use
11) Estimated Date of Completion
12) Estimated Cost of Construction
13) Proof of Historical Register Listing
14) List of Buildings Proposed to be Actually Demolished
15) If Residential Rental Property, a list of tenants occupying the building when purchased
(or present tenants if unknown) date of tenant occupancy or relocation.
16) County Appraiser’s Statement of Assessed Valuation.
Commencement of Construction
1) Date of commencement of construction.
2) Estimated date of completion of construction.
B) Status of Construction/Completion
1) Incomplete project as of January 1 following commencement
2) Complete project as of January 1 following commencement
3) Sumner County Appraiser’s Statement of Percentage Test
4) Sumner County Clerk’s Statement of Tax Status
5) Sumner County Appraiser’s Statement of Application Conformance for Tax Rebate
PROCEDURE FOR SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION
Prior to filing the Application for Rebate, the owner-applicant will need to do the following:
1) Obtain an application from the Sumner County Appraiser’s Office
2) Prior to the commencement of construction on any improvement or new construction for which a tax rebate will be requested, the owner-applicant will complete Part 1 of the application. An application for rebate must be filed within 60 days of the issuance of a building permit. Pictures of the property prior to improvement must be available to the County Appraiser’s Office. Pictures prior to rehabilitation projects will be taken by the County Appraiser’s Office. Pictures of new construction prior to beginning project will be taken by either the County Appraiser’s Office or the County Planning and Zoning Office.
Requests must be received and approved before commencement of construction. There will be no exceptions.
3) Part 1 of the application must be filed with the Sumner County Appraiser’s Office, with a non-refundable $100.00 application fee prior to the commencement of construction.
4) The Sumner County Appraiser’s Office will return a copy of Part 1 to the applicant within fifteen (15) working days, indicating approval or denial of the project.
5) The owner-applicant will notify the Sumner County Appraiser of the commencement of construction by filing Part 2 of the application.
6) For any improvement that is only partially completed as of January 1, following the commencement of construction:
a) The owner-applicant will file Part 3 of the application with the Sumner County Appraiser indicating the status of construction on January 1. Part 3 will be filed on or before December 15, preceding the commencement of the tax rebate period.
7) For any improvement that is completed on or before January 1, following the commencement of construction:
a) The owner-applicant will file Part 3 of the application with the Sumner County Appraiser on or before December 1st, preceding commencement of the tax rebate period, certifying the completion of construction.
8) Soon after January 1, the Sumner County Appraiser will conduct an on-site inspection of the construction project (improvement, rehabilitation, or new) and determine the new valuation of the real estate accordingly. The valuation is then reported to the County Clerk by June 15th. The tax records will be revised. Property will be taxed based on percentage of completion of the project. The NRP rebate commences on full 100% completion of the project.
9) Upon filing of Part 3, and the determination of the new valuation of the said real estate, the form will be filed with the Sumner County Appraiser certifying the project is in compliance with the eligibility requirements for a tax rebate. The owner-applicant will be notified immediately.
10) Upon payment in full of the real estate tax for the subject property for the initial and each succeeding year period extending through the specified rebate period, and within a thirty (30) day period following the date of tax distribution by Sumner County to the other taxing units, a tax rebate in the amount of the tax increment (less an administrative fee as specified in the Contract Agreement) will be made to the owner. The tax rebate will be made by the Sumner County Treasurer through the Neighborhood Revitalization Fund established in conjunction with the other taxing units participating in a Contract Agreement, subject to provisions on Part 7, #6.
NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION FORMS
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STATEMENT SPECIFYING REBATE FORMULA
The Neighborhood Revitalization fund and tax rebate incentive program shall be for a period of 10 years beginning on July 1, 2004 and expiring on June 30, 2014. At the end of 10 years, the taxing entities will review the plan and determine its continuation. Those applications approved during the 10 year period will continue to receive tax rebates for the full five (5) years following the completion of the project, however will be subject to legislative changes in the law. Taxing entities wishing to begin their participation in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program may be added by giving 60 day notice to the County Clerk’s Office by July 1 and would be effective the following tax year.
Residential: Rehabilitation --- 5 years; New Construction --- 5 years
Commercial and Industrial: Rehabilitation --- 5 years; New Construction --- 5 years
Properties in National or Kansas Historic Register --- 5 years
Rebates for Residential, Commercial and Industrial Properties
Rehabilitation or Add-On Projects
Rebates for Residential, Commercial and Industrial Properties
** A fee of a maximum of 5% to remain in the Neighborhood Revitalization Fund to cover administrative costs for managing and monitoring the Plan. The Fund will pay annually the administrative revenue to the Sumner County Commission General Fund. The fee will be reviewed annually by the Sumner County Commissioners.
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