Tax Abatement Programs
This program, started in 1996 and provided homeowners a chance to invest in home improvements and qualify for property tax abatement for a total of 25 years. The program closed in 2004 for new applicants. All projects were to be completed by December 2007. Five (5) year and inspections are ongoing. For more information contact Patricia Robinson, 325-7426.
The Fairmount-Carlisle 353 Redevelopment Plan is designed to increase commercial and residential development in Northwest Independence by allowing tax abatements for redeveloped property. The Fairmount-Carlisle 353 Tax Abatement area, which is comprised of the Fairmount and Carlisle neighborhoods and portions of the Mt. Washington and Bundschu neighborhoods, is located in northwest Independence. The area is bounded generally on the far west along Brookside Avenue; the north the City of Independence/Sugar Creek border, on the east side Forrest Ave (north of Truman Rd.), and Fuller Avenue (south of Truman Rd.), south side is the Kansas City Southern railroad. View the Plan Area Map to see if your property is located in the tax abatement area, Patricia Robinson, Tax Abatement Administrator, 325-7426, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
The development area is generally bounded on the east by Ditzler Avenue and is located north and west of Mt. Washington Cemetery to the Independence city limits. Refer to the map.
The St. Clair Park Redevelopment Plan was established to facilitate the structural and economic revitalization of the Harrison and Mt. Washington neighborhoods to promote a high quality of life for all residents across Independence. In cooperative partnership with citizens and community organizations, the Plan is designed to stimulate the redevelopment of current housing and increase investment in new housing. The goal of revitalizing existing neighborhoods is essential in fostering a viable local economy, expanding the tax base, and supporting future redevelopment of existing business districts. The Plan permits property tax abatement for improved properties located within the revitalization area in accordance with state statutes. Property tax abatement of up to 100% on improvements is permitted for the first 10 years, followed by up to 50% abatement for the following 15 years. The abatement process will be similar to the Tax Abatement Program currently available in the Fairmount-Carlisle Redevelopment Area – Amendment 1.