Brownsville library, Crucible among the beneficiaries of state tax credits

CARMICHAELS, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said that $709,500 in state tax credits have been approved for the area.

“These tax credits will encourage businesses and programs to continue to invest in our region,” Snyder said.

Among the projects to benefit from the tax credits are:

  • Brownsville Free Public Library -- $137,500 to expand the library to create a dedicated teen space. The space also can be used by the public.

"This expansion will provide opportunities for teens and anyone else who uses the new space to benefit from all of the resources available at the library," Snyder said.

  • Redevelopment Authority of the County of Greene -- $187,500 to increase the number of owner-occupied homes in Crucible.

"Blight can be a significant problem and a challenge for the entire community," Snyder said. "Rehabbing homes in coal patch villages can help stabilize the erosion of property values and provide hope and pride in where they live."

  • Tax credits also were awarded to the Greater Washington Community Food Bank: $104,500 for installing solar panels; Fayette County Cultural Trust: $160,000; Fayette County Community Action Agency Inc.: $120,000 for a comprehensive revitalization effort in Uniontown.

Greater Washington Community Food Bank will install solar panels to provide electricity for their hydroponics program, creating renewable energy while also enhancing the food bank's mission of storing and providing food to approximately 5,000 clients throughout its 46 distribution sites.

"Last year, the food bank spent about $30,000 on electricity alone for its facility," Snyder said. "By installing solar panels, they will reduce their electricity costs by nearly half, thereby allowing the food bank to focus on serving their clients."

These projects were among 197 selected to receive tax credits to support and leverage private investment in communities across the state.

The tax credit program, managed by the state Department of Community and Economic Development, provides the credits to business that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems, including affordable housing, veteran’s initiatives, crime prevention education, job training and long-term community revitalization.