About the Community Preservation Act

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a smart growth tool that allows Massachusetts cities and towns to create a dedicated local fund for preserving and improving their community's character and quality of life. Community Preservation funds are raised locally through the imposition of a surcharge of three percent or less of a community's real property tax levy. Community Preservation funds may only be used for projects that create or preserve open space, historic resources, affordable housing, and/or outdoor recreational facilities. 

The Town of Weymouth adopted the CPA in November of 2005. The Town's Community Preservation Fund collects a one percent surcharge on real property with exemptions provided for income-qualified homeowners and for the first $100,000 of residential property value. As a CPA community, Weymouth also receives an annual "match" disbursement through the Massachusetts Statewide CPA Trust Fund for all Community Preservation funds collected locally.