Community Preservation Act Funds
The Community Preservation Act (the “CPA” or “the Act”) is a Massachusetts law that provides for participating municipalities to adopt and dedicate a property tax surcharge of up to 3 percent to specified community preservation purposes, with the state matching a portion of local receipts. Changes to the CPA enacted in July 2012 now allow municipalities to dedicate some combination of a minimum 1 percent property tax surcharge and other municipal revenues up to a maximum 3 percent to be matched in part by the state.
The Town of Weston adopted the CPA in 2001 and voted to surcharge up to the 3 percent maximum. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, the Town collected nearly $1.9 million in CPA property surcharge revenue and over $635,000 in matching state funds. At the end of fiscal 2015, Weston’s CPA fund totaled approximately $6.1 million.
CPA Project Categories
The CPA requires that communities spend, or set aside for future spending, a minimum of 10% of annual CPA revenues on each of the following 3 categories:
The Community Preservation Committee is charged with studying the needs, possibilities, and resources of the Town regarding community preservation and with making recommendations to Town Meeting regarding the appropriation of CPA funds.
Under Town by-law, one member is from, and is appointed by the:
- Conservation Commission
- Historical Commission
- Housing Partnership
- Planning Board
Review allowable spending purposes of Community Preservation Act funds.
Review the applications and funding requests by fiscal year
View Community Preservation Act budgets.
The project submission guidelines when applying for CPA funding and the application. Deadlines are indicated and the application changes per fiscal year request.