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(A) The City Council declares as a matter of public policy that the preservation, protection, and use of historic buildings and sites is a public necessity because they have a historic, architectural, or cultural value and thus serve as visible reminders of the history and heritage of this county, state, and nation. The Council finds that this chapter benefits all the residents of the city and all the owners of property and declares as a matter of public policy that this chapter is required in the interest of the health, prosperity, safety, welfare, and economic well-being of the people.
(B) The purpose of this chapter is to achieve the goals set forth in the above findings and declaration of public policy and specifically, but not exclusively, to:
(1) Help the preservation, protection, and use of historic buildings and sites having a historic, architectural, or cultural value to this city, state, and nation;
(2) Promote the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the people and safeguard the city's history and heritage as reflected in such buildings and sites;
(3) Stabilize and improve property value in the city;
(4) Foster civic pride in the notable accomplishments of the past;
(5) Strengthen the economy of the city;
(6) Protect and enhance the city's attractions to residents and tourists; and
(7) Encourage owners of historic buildings to renovate and establish business using low interest RLF funds.
(Ord. 86-4, passed 3-26-86)