The Community Preservation Act (the “CPA”, G.L c. 44B) allows any city or town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to adopt a 1%-3% property tax surcharge with revenues from this surcharge (and State matching funds) to be devoted to community housing (senior and affordable), historic preservation, open space, and land for recreational use.
The voters of Williamstown adopted a surcharge of 2%, after excluding the first $100,000 of valuation, at the Town election in May 2002. Consistent with the terms of the CPA, a Community Preservation Committee was formed to study and recommend how Williamstown’s CPA revenues should be spent each year.
Philip McKnight, chairman - Conservation Commission
Dan Gendron - Finance Committee
Linda Conway - Historical Commission
Mark T. Reinhardt - Housing Authority
Jane Allen - Park Commission
Christopher Winters - Planning Board
Jeffrey Thomas - Resident
Peter L. Fohlin - Town Manager
The Community Preservation Committee’s recommendations are presented to the Annual Town Meeting for final approval by the voters of all projects and expenditures.
The Community Preservation Committee will hold its annual informational meeting at the Municipal Building on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:05 p.m.
Applications are due by Friday, December 21, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
Agenda and Minutes