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Pasadena In Focus
March - April 2011

Get a Tax Break for Preserving Pasadena’s Past

Pasadena has one of the finest collections of historic homes in the nation. If you own one of these architectural gems, you know that keeping it in shape is a labor of love.

You can get a tax break for your efforts through the city’s Historic Property Contract Program. Under the state’s Mills Act, the program offers a significant property tax discount to homeowners who agree to restore and maintain historic buildings in Pasadena. The arrangement encourages owners to preserve and polish the city’s treasures, which increases property values and enhances Pasadena’s trademark charm.

The program applies to single-family homes valued at $1.5 million or less that are designated landmarks. Also eligible are properties in landmark districts, historic monuments, identified works of architects Greene & Greene and properties listed individually or as part of a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. 
Applications are available in English and Spanish 

at the Permit Center, 175 N. Garfield Ave., and at www.cityofpasadena.net/millsact. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, May 2. Up to 20 single-family homes and six multifamily or commercial properties are approved each year based on Pasadena City Council priorities.

For more information check the website or call 744-4009 and ask for a member of the Design and Historic Preservation staff.