Property taxes in Springfield might increase after November

Money would go towards preserving historic buildings

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – No one attended a meeting in Springfield, Wednesday night, to learn why the city’s property taxes could be going up.

Springfield voters will decide on November 8th whether to join 161 other Massachusetts communities that pay more in taxes to fund a Community Preservation Act. A “Yes” vote on Question 5 would support an increase in property taxes for a CPA.

In Springfield, it would be a 1.5% surcharge. That money would go towards preserving historic buildings, parks and make public spaces handicap accessible.

CPA advocate Ralph Slate told 22News, “We have an exemption for low-income occupants and moderate income seniors. So we do recognize that there would be people who would be impacted by this. We don’t do this lightly, but we feel as if this is going to make the city a better place, and that’s going to benefit everybody.”

If Question 5 is voted in, a committee would make recommendations to the City Council on where to invest the money. Each resident would be charged an average of $10. It adds up to more than a million dollars a year for the city.

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