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.
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.
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.
** For Fiscal Year 2018, the CPA surcharge will appear on the 3rd and 4th quarter real estate bills.
This revenue will be kept in a locally controlled fund that can help with:
- Acquisition, Creation, and Preservation of Open Space
- Rehabilitation or Restoration of Open Space acquired through the CPA
- Acquisition, Creation, Preservation, Rehabilitation, and Restoration of Recreational Land
- Acquisition, Preservation, Rehabilitation, and Restoration of Historic Resources
- Acquisition, Creation, Preservation, Support of Community Housing and Rehabilitation or Restoration of Community Housing acquired through the CPA
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.
Click here for an Community Preservation Act Exemption application. (Note: applications for exemptions must be filed with the Assessor's Office on or before April 1, 2018)
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The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is tasked with overseeing implementation and recommending projects to the City Council for funding. Its nine members are:
- LaMar Cook, neighborhood representative;
- Gloria DeFillipo, Planning Board representative;
- Juanita Martinez, Conservation Commission representative;
- Robert McCarroll, Springfield Preservation Trust representative;
- Terry Mitchell, neighborhood representative;
- David Finn, Historical Commission representative;
- Angela Robles, Housing Authority representative;
- Terry Rodriguez, Park Commission representative
- Ralph Slate, neighborhood representative
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
The Community Preservation Committee has approved the following funding timetable for 2019:
March 1 Preliminary applications due
March 5 CPA-eligibility determined by CPC
May 3 Full applications due
Full CPA applications are due by May 3, 2019 (postmarked accepted). Applications, including all completed forms and attachments must be submitted electronically in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org and 11 complete copies submitted to:
Springfield Community Preservation Committee, c/o Budget Office
36 Court Street, City Hall, Room 412
Springfield, MA 01103
Applications may also be dropped off at the Budget Office, City Hall, Room 412 by 4:00 pm.
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/