Community Preservation Act (CPA) Information
What is the Community Preservation Act (CPA)?
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was created by state law (MGL Chapter 44B). It allows cities and towns to adopt a property tax surcharge to help fund projects that preserve the character of the community. Springfield voters adopted the CPA on November 8, 2016 and it went into effect on July 1, 2017.
How is the CPA funded?
The CPA fund is created via a 1.5% surcharge on real estate taxes for residential, commercial, and industrial properties, which will begin to appear on the Fiscal Year 2018 3rd and 4th quarter real estate bills. A statewide Community Preservation Act Trust Fund is also distributed to municipalities and is funded by Registry of Deeds fees.
How is the CPA surcharge calculated?
The CPA in Springfield exempts the first $100,000 of value for residential and commercial properties*. After the exemption is applied, the resulting value is then multiplied by the tax rate and the CPA rate, which is 1.5%. The resulting annual CPA is then divided evenly amongst the four quarterly real estate tax bills for any given fiscal year**.
* If you don’t know your assessed valuation, you can check it on the Assessor’s Website.
What types of projects can the CPA fund?
This revenue will be kept in a locally controlled fund that can help with:
Do any exemptions to the surcharge exist?
Yes, households that qualify for low-income, or low or moderate-income housing, as defined by M.G.L. c. 44B, Section 2 are exempt from the CPA surcharge in its entirety. The low-income exemption applies to property owners under the age of 60 and the moderate income exemption applies to property owners aged 60 years or older. The area wide median income is determined annually by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The income limits for FY18 are listed below.
Owned and Occupied by Senior 60 or Older
Owned and Occupied by a Non-Senior (Age 59 and Under)
Who administers the CPA fund?
The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is tasked with overseeing implementation and recommending projects to the City Council for funding. Its nine members are:
The CPC meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public. For the meeting times, locations, and agendas, please check the City Calendar.
The CPC can be contacted at:
Community Preservation Committee, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Springfield MA
Helpful links for more in depth information
Community Preservation Act: http://www.communitypreservation.org/content/text-legislation
Community Preservation Ordinance: https://ecode360.com/32319903?highlight=community%20preservation%20committee#32319903
Community Preservation Coalition: http://www.communitypreservation.org/