Money from increased Springfield taxes to be used for community preservation

The CPA can only raise $1-million a year

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield residents will soon have to pay a little more on property tax to preserve some historical landmarks in the city.

62 percent of voters approved the Springfield Community Preservation Act in last Tuesday’s election, and that means some changes are coming to the city. The passage of the act means an added surcharge on property tax for residents of 1.5 percent, which begins next July.

This will come to about $10 a year for the average person, but people with more expensive homes will pay more.

The money will be used by a CPA committee that still needs to be created by the Springfield City Council. The committee will study the city’s needs in open recreation spaces, housing, and historic resources, like the Campanile.

President of Springfield CPAdvocacy, Bob McCarroll, told 22News, “It’s clearly an eligible expense. It’s an historic resource and it’s deteriorated. We have, however, in the city, dozens and dozens of deteriorated historic resources.”

McCarroll told 22News it will be difficult to fund the Campanile restoration. It would take $23-million to fix the structure. The CPA can only raise $1-million a year.

In order for the Campanile to be considered for funding, someone will have to put in a proposal to the CPA committee for it. They’re not expected to look at proposals until at least next fall.