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. 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.
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.
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).
(Note: The deadline for applications for exemptions is 4/1/21)
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
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. www.facebook.com/SpringfieldCommunityPreservationCommittee
Some meetings were recorded by Focus Springfield and are available on the Community Preservation Committee playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htJJMVRh8IE&list=PLolIYDZfz1YIh5SiXJXppYWJIVSmFt0X7
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 email@example.com 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.
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By telephone 413-530-1268
- On Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpringfieldCommunityPreservationCommittee
- By mail: Community Preservation Committee, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Springfield MA 01103
- To reach the Administrative Consultant: klee@Springfieldcityhall.com
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
- Meetings begin at 6:00 pm and may be viewed here: www.facebook.com/SpringfieldCommunityPreservationCommittee
- Deliberations - June & July
- Recommendations to City Council - August
Note: The CPC cannot predict the time for the City Council approval process.
If you missed the two application workshops, a PDF of the slide presentation is available. Send a request to email@example.com. Alternatively, the workshops were recorded and can be viewed on the Committee's Facebook page.
DUE TO COVID-19, THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO DELIVER APPLICATIONS:
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.
|Acorn Tennis Courts||Open Space/Rec||Bay Neighborhood Residents||April 6|
|Cottage Hill Park||Historic||Indian Orchard Resident||April 6|
|Forest Park Picnic Pavilion||Recreation||Springfield Parks Bldg. & Rec Mgmt||April 6|
|Forest Park Zoo Fence||Recreation||Springfield Parks Bldg. & Rec Mgmt||April 6|
|Hubbard Park Tennis Courts & Parking Lot||Open Space||Indian Orchard Citizens Council||April 6|
|Magazine Park||Recreation||McKnight Neighborhood Council||April 6|
|Riverfront Planting Study||Recreation||Armoury Quad Civic Assoc||April 6|
|Van Horn Park Pond Study||Open Space/Rec||Hungry Hill Neighborhood||April 6|
|Westminster Street Playground Phase2||Recreation||McKnight Neighborhood Council||April 6|
|Blunt Park Tennis Courts||Recreation||Bay Neighborhood Resident||April 27|
|Bolden Park Bathhouse||Open Space/Rec||Old Hill Neighborhood Council||April 27|
|D'Amour Museum Exterior Restoration*||Historic||Springfield Museums||April 27|
|Drama Studio Restoration||Historic||Drama Studio||April 27|
|East Springfield Library Outdoor Reading Room||Open Space/Rec||Springfield City Library||April 27|
|Kilroy House Exterior Renovation*||Historic||Springfield Museums||April 27|
|Marshall Roy Splash Pad||Recreation||E. Spfld Neighborhood Council||April 27|
|Science Museum Patio & Exterior*||Historic||Springfield Museums||April 27|
|YWCA Shelter Playground||Recreation||YMCA||April 27|
|Affordable Homeownership at 339 Bay St||Housing||Habitat for Humanity||May 4|
|Byers Street Housing Rehab*||Housing/Historic||Wayfinders||May 4|
|City of Homes Living Museum||Historic/Open/Rec||Mcknight CDC||May 4|
|Classical Exterior Restoration||Historic||Classical High Condo||May 4|
|Downpayment Assistance||Housing||Office of Housing||May 4|
|Florentine Gardens||Historic||FP Neighborhood/Citizens||May 4|
|Gunn Block Rehabilitaion||Historic||Renaissance Dev. Corp, LLC||May 4|
|Highland Rail Trail & Wason Trolley Project||Historic/Open/Rec||Highland Heritage Rail Trail, Inc||May 4|
|Stone Soul Remembrance Garden||Open Space/Rec||Stone Soul Committee||May 4|
|2612 Main Street Renovation||Historic||Witman Properties||May 4|
*Files have been reduced due to size. Contact CPC@Springfieldcityhall.com if you need the complete file.
Community Preservation Act:http://www.communitypreservation.org/text-legislation
Community Preservation Ordinance:https://ecode360.com/32319903?highlight=community%20preservation%20committee#32319903
Community Preservation Coalition:http://www.communitypreservation.org/
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) http://mhc-macris.net/
1939 Works Progress Administration (WPA) search local historic properties. https://www.springfieldpreservation.org/wpa/
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/treatment-guidelines-2017.pdf
Technical Preservation Services, U.S. Department of the Interior (see brief 17 for general preservation of architectural character). https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm
Open Space, Recreation, Conservation
City of Springfield Open Space & Recovery Action Plan 2015–2022