La Cañada Flintridge officials are considering whether to launch a voluntary historic preservation program for buildings in the city. The program would, if adopted, provide property-tax relief in exchange for guarantees that those savings would be invested in maintaining and rehabilitating culturally significant structures.
Council members remain uncertain about such a program's potential cost to city coffers or its benefit to quality of life. But Mayor Donald Voss later this month will form a committee to explore the city's options under the Mills Act, a 1972 state law that allows local governments to broker preservation contracts.
Voss expects the committee to weigh the program and later advise council members about what criteria could be used to determine a property's eligibility.
"The mere fact that something is old does not make it historic," he said.
He also will ask the committee to determine whether revenue loss would be large enough to have a negative impact on City Hall or the school district.