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Bill BL2019-49

An ordinance authorizing a property tax exemption for historic properties owned by charitable institutions in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated § 67-5-222.

WHEREAS, T.C.A. § 67-5-222 provides that certain historic properties owned by charitable institutions are eligible for property tax exemption upon compliance with the provisions of such section, subject to a two-thirds (2/3) vote by the county governing body; and

WHEREAS, historic properties owned by charitable institutions must meet the following statutory requirements under T.C.A. § 67-5-223 to be eligible for seeking such property tax exemption:

(1) On the National Register of Historic Places;
(2) Used for occasional rentals that last for no more than two (2) days at a time per event;
(3) Not rented out more than one hundred eighty (180) days per year, and the proceeds received from such rental periods must be used solely for the purposes of defraying the maintenance and upkeep of such property
(4) Has been owned and maintained by the charitable institution for at least ten (10) years prior to application for the exemption; and
WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the citizens of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County that such a property tax exemption for charitable institutions be approved.


Section 1. That Metropolitan Code Chapter 5.20 is hereby amended by creating a new section 5.20.110 as follows:

5.20.110 – Historic Properties Owned by Charitable Institutions Tax Abatement Program.

A. The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated Section 67-5-222 shall be applicable to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

B. Property eligibility shall be determined pursuant to T.C.A. § 67-5-222(a).

C. The historic property review board shall establish guidelines governing comprehensive preservation and maintenance plans required for each qualified property and review and approve such plans to ensure that property tax savings shall be applied to the preservation and maintenance of the property as established in T.C.A. § 67-5-222(b).

D. The tax exemption shall be valid for a ten-year period; however, the owner of the property may apply for additional exemption periods; provided, that an updated preservation and maintenance plan is filed with the historic property review board in accordance with its guidelines as established in T.C.A. § 67-5-222(c).

Section 2. This Ordinance shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Jeff Syracuse, Freddie O'Connell, Burkley Allen, Zulfat Suara, Brandon Taylor

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Legislative History

IntroducedNovember 5, 2019

Passed First ReadingNovember 5, 2019

Referred toBudget and Finance Committee

Passed Second ReadingDecember 17, 2019

Deferred to December 17, 2019November 19, 2019

Passed Third Reading-

Deferred to February 4, 2020December 17, 2019

Indefinitely deferredFebruary 4, 2020

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Last Modified: 02/11/2020 11:33 AM