Governor Signs To Help The Disabled

Governor de Jongh recently signed  legislation that will be a huge benefit for St Croix’s own disabled and/or elderly.

Bill No. 29-0042 created the Visitable Housing Design and Incentive Program. A property owner may apply to participate in the program and after completion and evaluation of their property will receive a Certificate of Visitability. This certificate entitles the property owner to certain property tax credits under the “visitability” standards.

Sourced from Governor de Jongh’s website, the visitability standards involve three features: a stairless entrance, a first-floor wheelchair accessible bathroom and wide entrances and doorways.

At the closing of the ceremony Governor de Jongh said, “By making adjustments to doorways, pathways, interior passages, bathrooms, floor space, curb ramps and parking areas, homeowners can take advantage of a 20 percent property tax reduction. This bill is a good thing for all the territory’s citizens (sourced from Watthey, Governor Signs Visitability Bill into Law, 11/2011).”