About the Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities. Property taxes traditionally fund the day-to-day operating needs of safety, health, schools, roads, maintenance, and more. But until the CPA, there was no steady funding source for preserving and improving a community's character and quality of life. The CPA gives communities the funds needed to control their future.
The CPA allows communities to create a local Community Preservation Fund for open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation. Community preservation monies are raised locally through the imposition of a surcharge of not more than 3% of the tax levy against real property, and municipalities must adopt the CPA by ballot referendum.
Weymouth residents adopted the CPA in November of 2005 with a 51% vote. The Act imposes a 1% surcharge on real property in the town with an exemption for the first $100,000 of residential property value as well as income-qualified homeowners.
The CPA also creates a statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund, administered by the Department of Revenue (DOR), which provides distributions each year to communities that have adopted the CPA. These annual disbursements serve as an incentive for communities to pass the CPA.
For more information about the CPA, please visit the Community Preservation Coalition's website.