Community Reinvestment Area (CRA)

What is the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA)

Community Reinvestment Areas are areas of land in which property owners can receive tax incentives for investing in real property improvements. The Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Program is a direct incentive tax exemption program benefiting property owners who renovate existing or construct new buildings. This program permits municipalities or counties to designate areas where investment has been discouraged as a CRA to encourage revitalization of the existing housing stock and the development of new structures.

The City of Barberton's residential property tax abatement program (CRA) exempts 50% of the added property value on any new home construction or qualifying home renovation (valued at approximately $2,500 or more), for a period of 5 years. 

  1. What types of improvements qualify?

The following major improvements may qualify homeowner for tax abatement:

  • Build a new porch
  • Remodel a basement/attic into living space
  • New additions to an existing structure
  • Install a sunroom
  • New construction
  • Gut and renovate a home or apartment building
  • Build or enlarge a garage
  • Install indoor fireplace
  • Install new additional bathroom
  1. Improvements that LIKELY WILL NOT qualify

Exterior Residential Improvements

  • New roof installation
  • Solar Panels
  • Aluminum siding installation
  • Siding repair
  • Storm window/door installation
  • Adding windows/doors
  • Repair/replace/add shutters 
  • Install awnings
  • Add/replace gutters/downspouts
  • Repoint, repair, replace masonary
  • Add window boxes 
  • Repair/replace porches/steps
  • Install outdoor lighting
  • Install sprinkler system
  • Plant lawns/shrubs/grass/plants
  • Scrape/paint house
  • Install/repair/replace sidewalks
  • Swimming pool

Interior Residential Improvements

  • Remodel kitchen
  • Paint/wallpaper/redecorate
  • Add closets
  • Resurface floors
  • Resurface ceilings/walls
  • Repair plaster
  • Install window blinds
  • Add built-in bookcases
  • Add built-in cabinets
  • Replace furnace with same kind
  • Replace hot water heater
  • Replace oil or gas burner
  • Replace plumbing
  • Rewire completely
  • Add electrical circuits/outlets
  • Install/replace light fixtures