Agawam considers withdrawal from Community Preservation Act

City Council expect to make a final decision on ballot question by May 15th

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – While some towns and cities are considering becoming part of the Community Preservation Act, the Town of Agawam is considering getting out.

Back in 2001, Agawam voted to become part of the program, which includes a 1% surcharge on property taxes for residents. That money then goes into town parks and historic sites.

On Monday night, the Agawam City Council said they’ll vote on May 15th on whether to create a ballot question asking if residents want to drop the Community Preservation Act. A “Yes” would allow voters to decide in November if they want to stay in the CPA program.

When the town originally voted into the program, they were receiving a 100% match from the state, but as more towns have joined over the years that match has gone down significantly, to just 20%.

City Councilor Richard Theroux told 22News “I’m in favor of putting it on the ballot so that the people in the town of Agawam have the opportunity, especially since the reimbursement has changed. If it was still a 100% match, then I think I would think differently and I think the voters would think differently.”

We’ll let you know what the town decides next month.