Under consideration for more than a year, the La Cañada City Council approved 3-0 the city’s first historical preservation law Monday night.
Councilman Steve Del Guercio recused himself from the vote, citing a business relationship with resident Brad Schwartz, the owner of a historic Flintridge property who originally proposed the city adopt such an ordinance. Also absent from the vote was Councilman Michael Davitt, who did not attend the council meeting. The ordinance will become law if approved following a second reading, scheduled for Feb. 21.
The Mills Act-based ordinance, which is expected to go into effect at the end of March, allows owners of a historic property to apply for a property tax reduction, contingent on their agreement to restore and preserve the property. But, according to Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, homeowners might not get the reduction they’re expecting.
Noguez, on hand in City Hall Monday to answer questions about the law’s implementation, told the council the Assessor’s Office uses a complex formula to determine any potential property tax break under the Mills Act.