CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A program to encourage historic barn preservation has grown to include nearly 300 structures in 68 communities.

Under the barn tax incentive approved in 2002, towns and cities grant property tax relief to barn owners who can show the public benefit of preserving their barns and other farm buildings. The incentive allows communities to provide tax relief of 25 percent to 75 percent of the assessed value of the buildings and land underneath them.

According to the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, almost a third of the state’s towns and cities are using the program. The towns of Hampton and Kensington lead the state with 17 barns or other buildings under easement, followed by Fitzwilliam with 13. The most rapid growth in the last year was in Dublin, which added eight structures.

Information from: Citizen,

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