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Statement on historical preservation in downtown El paso May 24, 2015

As a proud, lifelong El Pasoan I have always been proud of our cultural heritage, and I have always been a strong advocate for preservation and heritage tourism. As an active member of the Paso del Norte Streetcar Preservation Society, I have been an action oriented supporter of the Vintage Streetcar Project. I believe that it is in our best economic interest to support heritage tourism and the preservation of our historic places in our downtown area. This is the reason I support the designation of a National Historic District that will cover up to 45% of renovation costs for income producing property within the district. The proposal of a National Historic District put forth by the El Paso County Historical Commission and the Economic Development Office is in line with my belief in responsible growth with common sense. A National Historic District would not just protect and enhance our historic buildings, it would also rely on federal and state tax credits, not property taxes.

I support the El Paso County Historical Commission and the Economic Development Office in their efforts to create a National Historic District downtown