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 outdoor recreation.
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 - Conservation Commission (chairman)
Michael Sussman - Finance Committee
Linda Conway - Historical Commission
Mark T. Reinhardt - Housing Authority (vice-chairman)
Jane Patton - Park Commission
Christopher Winters - Planning Board
Jeffrey Thomas - Resident (appointed by Selectmen)
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.
Minutes of Previous Meetings
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