La Cañada Flintridge is moving forward with an ordinance that will allow qualifying owners of historic properties to receive a reduction of as much as 60% on their annual property taxes.
The Mills Act, governed by the California Office of Historic Preservation, provides a framework that allows local governments to create a tailored set of requirements and characteristics for historic preservation.
Councilmember Donald Voss, who chaired the council’s committee considering the move, said that applying the Mills Act to La Cañada Flintridge will help preserve the city’s unique character.
“It’s a way to foster an appreciation for the distinct history of La Cañada Flintridge, as manifested by certain buildings,” said Voss. “It’s a way for the owners of those buildings to be motivated or incentivized to help do that by providing them with a property tax break.”
Voss said that adopting the law will benefit the city by helping encourage the maintenance and active preservation of historic structures.