What is a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA)?

A CRA is a program authorized by the State of Ohio that allows a local government (like the City of Xenia) to offer real property tax abatements to incentivize new construction, expansion and rehabilitation in areas where there is a demonstrated need for reinvestment.

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1. What is a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA)?
2. How does a CRA tax abatement work?
3. How can a CRA tax abatement help me?
4. How can I qualify for a CRA tax abatement?
5. How much of a tax abatement can I receive?
6. How do I apply for a CRA tax abatement?
7. Who reviews and approves my CRA application?
8. Will a CRA tax abatement reduce the taxes that I paid on the property prior to new construction, expansion or renovation?
9. If I receive a CRA tax abatement, will my taxes go up or down during the abatement period if my property is re-assessed or if a tax levy is passed?
10. What happens to my tax bill at the end of the tax abatement period?
11. Why was this part of Xenia selected for the CRA, and not ALL of Xenia?