Utah has received a federal historic preservation grant of $472,316 - about $50,000 more than last year - to help administer programs to identify and preserve historic sites.
Wilson Martin, deputy state historic preservation officer, said the money is used to administer a variety of programs, including:-The Federal Historic Tax Incentive Program, which allows owners of historic sites to take a 20 percent tax credit on the cost of restoration projects.
-The certified local government programs, which gives about 10 percent of the grant money to local governments to find historic sites and nominate them to state and national lists of historic places. Joe Wallis, spokesman for the U.S. National Park Service, which oversees such grants, said Utah has more local governments participating in the program than any other state - 33. -The Regulatory Assistance Program, which helps people who must obtain federal licenses for development or construction to comply with historic and archaeological protection laws. For example, if an agency builds a road with federal funds, it must certify that it will not disrupt archaeological sites. The state uses funds to maintain data on historic and archaeological surveys to help reduce the cost of complying with such regulations.