Tax surcharge on the ballot in 5 western Massachusetts communities

11 other Massachusetts communities considering whether to adopt CPA

BOSTON (WWLP) – Voters in five western Massachusetts communities will consider the Community Preservation Act this Tuesday. The question will ask voters in Holyoke, Palmer, Pittsfield, South Hadley, and Springfield whether they want to adopt the act.

A “yes” vote would allow these communities to add a surcharge on property taxes, with an exemption for low-income families. Under ballot Question 5, Holyoke, Palmer, South Hadley, and Springfield would attach a 1.5% surcharge. In Pittsfield, that surcharge would be 1%.

The additional property tax revenue would be spent in that community to preserve open spaces, historical landmarks, build athletic fields, and expand affordable housing.

A “no” vote would keep the tax system the way it is now.

So far, 161 Massachusetts cities and towns have adopted the surcharge, raising more than $1.6 billion.

A total of 16 Massachusetts communities will consider adding a surcharge on property taxes Tuesday, including the city of Boston.