Local property owners who have been looking to the city to enact an historic property preservation program under the Mills Act will have to wait a bit longer, as the City Council this week sent a proposed ordinance back to staff for refinement.
Councilmembers Don Voss and Laura Olhasso expressed support for the plan at Tuesday’s meeting, but said the proposal lacks specific conditions to determine historical significance. The ordinance, which draws its authority from the state law, would allow qualified property owners to potentially save 40-50% on their property taxes.
“I feel strongly about this … that the definitions of what was historic need to be documented,” Voss said. “They need to be included, in my mind, in the ordinance.”