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.  These charges first appeared on Fiscal Year 2018's 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.


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).

Click here to review the income limit guidelines for a CPA surcharge exemption

Click here for a Community Preservation Act Exemption application.  

(Note: The deadline for applications for exemptions is 4/1/21)


What types of projects can the CPA fund?

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 

Who administers the CPA fund?

Implementation and recommending projects to the City Council for funding of the CPA in Springfield is overseen by the City's 9-member Community Preservation Committee. Representatives are appointed from each of the departments below and three neighborhood appointees by the City Council President.

  • LaMar Cook, Neighborhood representative;
  • Gloria DeFillipo, Planning Board representative;
  • Juanita Martinez, Conservation Commission representative;
  • Robert McCarroll, Chair, Springfield Preservation Trust representative;
  • Terry Mitchell, Neighborhood representative;
  • David Finn, Historical Commission representative;
  • Willie Thomas, Housing Authority representative;
  • Terry Rodriguez, Park Commission representative
  • Ralph Slate, Neighborhood representative

The Springfield Community Preservation Committee (CPC) meets on the first Tuesday each month. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Committee will continue to meet remotely. Meetings are open to the public and can be viewed live or the next day.   

Some meetings were recorded by Focus Springfield and are available on the Community Preservation Committee playlist: 


For the meeting dates, times and agendas, please check the City Calendar.

A public speak out is held after each remote meeting. Send an email to at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting (advance notice not necessary for live meetings). Comments mailed or sent electronically become part of the public record.

Covid-19 updates from the Mayor’s Office of Communication


How to Apply for 2021 CPA Funding: Schedule and Project Review Process

The Community Preservation Committee will conduct one funding round in 2021 as follows :

  • Application Workshop - February 2
  • Application Workshop - March 2
  • Applications Due  - April 1
  • Meeting with Applicants - April 6th, April 27th, & May 4th
  • Deliberations  - June & July
  • Recommendations to City Council -  August       

Note: The CPC cannot predict the time for the City Council approval process.

Application Process

If you missed the two application workshops, a PDF of the slide presentation is available. Send a request to Alternatively, the workshops were recorded and can be viewed on the Committee's Facebook page.    


1) Mail completed Applications (11 copies) to the Community Preservation Committee, Room 412, 36 Court Street, Springfield 01103.

2) Or, applications may be hand delivered to the back door of City Hall (North side of the building) on Pynchon Street. There is a temperature screening station when you enter the building. Look for a box labeled "CPA Applications" or ask the attendant. You may drop off applications 9:00 am -4:00 pm beginning Monday, March 29th through Thursday, April 1st. 

Remember to send a digital copy of the application to

For questions on the application process telephone 413-530-1268 or email

2021 CPA Funding Applications

Acorn Tennis CourtsOpen Space/RecBay Neighborhood ResidentsApril 6
Cottage Hill ParkHistoricIndian Orchard ResidentApril 6
Forest Park Picnic PavilionRecreationSpringfield Parks Bldg. & Rec MgmtApril 6
Forest Park Zoo FenceRecreationSpringfield Parks Bldg. & Rec MgmtApril 6
Hubbard Park Tennis Courts & Parking LotOpen SpaceIndian Orchard Citizens CouncilApril 6
Magazine ParkRecreationMcKnight Neighborhood CouncilApril 6
Riverfront Planting StudyRecreationArmoury Quad Civic AssocApril 6
Van Horn Park Pond StudyOpen Space/RecHungry Hill NeighborhoodApril 6
Westminster Street Playground Phase2RecreationMcKnight Neighborhood CouncilApril 6
Blunt Park Tennis CourtsRecreationBay Neighborhood ResidentApril 27
Bolden Park BathhouseOpen Space/RecOld Hill Neighborhood CouncilApril 27
D'Amour Museum Exterior Restoration*HistoricSpringfield MuseumsApril 27
Drama Studio RestorationHistoricDrama StudioApril 27
East Springfield Library Outdoor Reading RoomOpen Space/RecSpringfield City LibraryApril 27
Kilroy House Exterior Renovation*HistoricSpringfield MuseumsApril 27
Marshall Roy Splash PadRecreationE. Spfld Neighborhood CouncilApril 27
Science Museum Patio & Exterior*HistoricSpringfield MuseumsApril 27
YWCA Shelter PlaygroundRecreationYMCAApril 27
Affordable Homeownership at 339 Bay StHousingHabitat for HumanityMay 4
Byers Street Housing Rehab*Housing/HistoricWayfindersMay 4
City of Homes Living MuseumHistoric/Open/RecMcknight CDCMay 4
Classical Exterior RestorationHistoricClassical High CondoMay 4
Downpayment AssistanceHousingOffice of HousingMay 4
Florentine GardensHistoricFP Neighborhood/CitizensMay 4
Gunn Block RehabilitaionHistoricRenaissance Dev. Corp, LLCMay 4
Highland Rail Trail & Wason Trolley ProjectHistoric/Open/RecHighland Heritage Rail Trail, IncMay 4
Stone Soul Remembrance GardenOpen Space/RecStone Soul CommitteeMay 4
2612 Main Street RenovationHistoricWitman PropertiesMay 4


*Files have been reduced due to size. Contact if you need the complete file.

Additional Resources

City of Springfield 2020 Community Preservation Annual Meeting

City of Springfield Community Preservation Plan 2021

Department of Revenue (DOR) Community Preservation Fund Allowable Spending Chart

Community Preservation Act:

Community Preservation Ordinance:

Community Preservation Coalition: 


Springfield and its Neighborhoods 2019 (Census Data)


Massachusetts State Historic Plan for 2018-2020

Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) database (inventory) of surveyed properties compiled by Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC)

1939 Works Progress Administration (WPA) search local historic properties.

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

Technical Preservation Services, U.S. Department of the Interior (see brief 17 for general preservation of architectural character).

Open Space, Recreation, Conservation

City of Springfield Open Space & Recovery Action Plan 2015–2022

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