Community Preservation Act Ballot Question

22News explains one of the ballot questions regarding the Community Preservation Act.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Some western Massachusetts communities will be voting on November 8th on whether to increase property taxes.

Springfield, Holyoke, South Hadley Palmer and Pittsfield voters will all be deciding whether to join 161 other Massachusetts communities that pay more in taxes to fund a CPA.  A YES vote on Question 5 would support an increase in property taxes for a C-P-A.  In Springfield, it would be 1.5% surcharge.”In Springfield the average home is assessed for $134,000, and the CPA surcharge would be $10 a year or $2.50 a tax quarter,” President of the CPA Advocacy group  in Springfield, Paul McCarroll told 22news.

It Adds up to more than a million dollars a year to improve such things as Pynchon Plaza or the Campanile. A Committee would make recommendations to the City Council.

There are three categories that the Community Preservation Act can be used for. They are open space and recreation, historic preservation and community housing. Each of those categories must receive 10% of those funds. While the remaining 70% must be dispersed among those categories as the committee decides.

Opponents like Attorney Paul Peter Nicolai said, “What’s unfair about this is sending a bill, a tax bill to the second poorest people in the state so a bunch of guys can have a new pot of money to have power over and to spend money on projects that are just not worth spending money on given what people need.”

The surcharge could be increased based on property taxes each year.

Click here to calculate what your surcharge would be if the CPA ballot question is passed.