If a tentative agreement holds, United Way of Douglas County and perhaps a dozen social service agencies will be moving into a building of their own next year.
On Monday, Douglas County commissioners approved an agreement in principle to let United Way turn the vacant Valley View Care Home building, 2518 Ridge Ct., into a social service campus.
The agreement is contingent upon the State Board of Tax Appeals handing down a ruling stating that changing the county-owned building's use wouldn't create a property tax liability for the occupants. County officials estimate that taxes on the 26,000-square-foot building, if it were assessed as commercial property, would be about $25,000.
United Way officials have said that a tax obligation of that size would probably sour the deal they've negotiated with the county.
County officials say they don't know when to expect a ruling from the tax board.
Under terms of the tentative 15-year agreement, United Way would receive an interest-free loan of $264,000 from the county. That money would be used to renovate the 35-year-old building, which has been vacant since last August.
Maintenance concerns and the cost of remodeling the facility have scared away other potential tenants. Commissioners have been reluctant to put the building up for sale out of concern for the surrounding residential neighborhood and because zoning restrictions would limit the kinds of businesses that could use the building.