The Ocean Beach Historical Society promotes preservation by maintaining archives, promoting the “Emerging Ocean Beach Historical Cottage District” and Mills Act, adding historical records and preservation needs to the the future Ocean Beach Community Plan, and working with other community organizations on providing historical plaques and designations for important historical structures and sites in Ocean Beach. Through programs and documentation the OBHS teaches the history of Ocean Beach, guides people in preservation and weighs in on preserving historical resources.
Over the years the City has cut staff that manages historic districts and added higher fees to Mills Act recipients. This has caused a slowing down of individual house designations and the destruction of some of San Diego’s important historical buildings and sites. Because of these setbacks it is important for residents to be active in supporting historic districts, historical groups and people championing preservation. Be an active member in the OBHS help preserve and protect our community and San Diego.
Mills Act Program
Historically designated properties enacted by CA in 1972 for property owners of qualified historic properties.
- Restoration & Maintenance
- Property tax relief
City of San Diego in 1995
Council Policy 700-46
Property tax reduction:
By 2007 there were 901 Mills Act agreements.
Due March 31st to be considered that year but designated historic the prior year.
San Diego 2008 Reform Mayor wanted:
- Increased accountability
- Manage fiscal impact of tax reduction
- Established fees
- Site visits
- Records maintenance
- Staff review of compliance every 5 years
Manage fiscal impact of tax reduction
– Threshold of $200,000 in new tax revenue reduction.
– City can exceed based on fiscal health of City.
– If not exceeded, property considered next year.
– $1,185 for historic designation process.
– $456 for Mills Act Agreement, due with application.
– $232 assessed for monitoring with initial agreement and every 5 yeas thereafter.
– $750 for enforcement of a Mills Act agreement when remedies for violations are sought.
– Visible from public right-of-way.
– Maintained consistent with U. S. Secretary of the Interior’s standards.
– Include a 10-year maintenance and rehabilitation/restoration work plan with application.
– 10 years minimum length with automatic renewal each year.