The Mills Act

Application Timeline

June 26, 2014

My letter of intent to enter into a Mills Act agreement was submitted to the Palm Springs Department of Planning Services. Upon approval, the request goes to the Historic Site Preservation Board for review.

July 8, 2014
The Historic Site Preservation Board voted to approve my request for execution of a Mills Act Historic Property Preservation Agreement between the City of Palm Springs and the Royal Hawaiian Estates Homeowners Association.  My property, located at 283 East Twin Palms Drive, is a contributing structure eligible for Class 1 Historic Status within the Royal Hawaiian Estates Historic District (HSPB 73 / HD-2). The application now moves to the City Council and hopefully they will direct the City Manager to execute a Mills Act Property Preservation Agreement.

September 3, 2014
The Palm Springs City Council approved my Mills Act application. Now, Palm Springs Department of Planning Services drafts the contract, sends it to me for signature, and then it runs through a process at the City with signatures, legal review, etc. and finally goes to the County recorders office and is recorded on the title of my unit. When that happens, the tax assessor should recalculate my taxes for next year based on the new formula.

October 8, 2014
I received two copies of the Mills Act Property Preservation Agreement from the City of Palm Springs Department of Planning Services.

October 9, 2014
Craig Hammond, the RHE Board President and I took the agreement to be notarized and returned to the City of Palm Springs Department of Planning Services. From there, the City will execute the contracts and they will be recorded with the County of Riverside.

May 7, 2015
It took several months to get the contracts executed and they’re currently being recorded with the County of Riverside tax accessor.

October 12, 2015
The Riverside County Property Tax Bill for fiscal year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 arrived. My taxes were reduced by 34.67%. Please note that property tax savings vary by applicant.