Springfield CPAdvocacy

The CPA is on the November ballot and it needs your support - VOTE YES!

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What is the Community Preservation Act?

The CPA is a Massachusetts program which allows communities to create a local fund dedicated to open/recreation spaces, historic resources, and housing. It will appear on Springfield's ballot on November 8, and we hope you vote Yes!

Why should I vote for the CPA?

To invest in our city!

CPA projects - while critical - rarely get funded from the normal municipal budgeting process. That's because our tax dollars need to fund crucial services such as our schools, our police and fire departments, and important infrastructure projects like our roads. But CPA projects matter too! They support the types of physical and aesthetic characteristics that people look for when choosing a strong community in which to live - they make the community more vital and more attractive.

By voting YES for the CPA, you will ensure that these projects no longer fall by the wayside. CPA projects will help make Springfield more desirable to prospective residents and businesses which, in the long run, will benefit all of its citizens. Passage of the CPA measure can help ensure that more homeowners are drawn to our great city, stay in our city, and thrive in our city!

Where does the money come from?

The CPA fund is created via a small surcharge (1.5%) on your property tax bill. The first $100,000 of your valuation is exempted from the CPA. For the average homeowner in Springfield, this comes to about $10 per year, which amounts to $2.50 per quarterly bill, or just 83 cents per month.

We have created a calculator which will tell you, based on 2016 tax rates, how much the CPA would add to your bill.

Assessed Residential Value:

If you don't know your valuation, you can check it on the Springfield Assessor's Website.

Additionally, the state matches the money that local communities put in with revenue derived from existing filing fees at the Registry of Deeds. The matching rate in 2015 was about 25%, although in the past it has been as high as 100% - dollar for dollar matching!.

How can Community Preservation Act funds be spent?

CPA funds can be used only for open/recreation spaces, historic resources, and housing. A minimum of 10% of CPA funds must be allocated annually for each of those categories. The remaining 70% can be allocated among the categories in any percentage.

Who decides on how the funds are spent?

A committee called the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is made up of a member from each of the following organizations:

Additionally, should the CPA pass, when drawing up the final legislation, the Springfield City Council may create up to four additional "at-large" members of the CPC, to ensure that all corners of our city are represented.

Proposals are then submitted to the CPC, which votes on them, and then submits them to the Springfield City Council for final approval.

These proposals can be submitted by both municipal departments and private organizations. The only stipulation is that the projects must be used to advance a public purpose.

Won't this pot of money just be taken and used for other things?

The CPA fund cannot be transfered to the general budget. It cannot be used to pay for wage increases to city employees, or to put more people on the city payroll. The fund can only be used for concrete projects within those three areas.

What is the difference between this fund and the city's budget?

The projects funded by the CPA are selected by the CPA committee, not the existing city administration. This gives ordinary residents more of a say in the process. Instead of long-time department heads setting the agenda behind closed doors, the Community Preservation Committee solicits feedback from the public in open meetings. The City Council must approve all expenditures as a final check and balance.

I am on a fixed income. Are there any exemptions?

Yes, the ordinance provides exemptions for owner-occupants who would normally qualify for low or moderate income senior housing. Such residents would need to apply annually to receive this exemption.

What other communities have adopted the CPA?

The CPA has been around since the year 2000, and 161 communities in the state have voted to adopt it so far, with nine more considering it this year.

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Isn't this primarily an Eastern Massachusetts thing?

Closer to home, most cities and towns in our region have adopted it, including Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Wilbraham, Agawam, West Springfield, Westfield, and Southwick.

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How can I get more information?

You can contact us by We will be glad to answer any further questions you might have.

Additionally, you may visit the website of a statewide advocacy group called the Community Preservation Coalition. They have a complete list of projects achieved via the Community Preservation Act across the state.

Who exactly are you?

We are Springfield CPAdvocacy - a registered political committee that is advocating for the passage of the Community Preservation Act in Springfield.

Our President is Robert McCarroll, of 96 Elliott Street in Springfield. He has been involved in Historic Preservation in the city for over four decades, most recently serving as a member of the Springfield Historical Commission.

Our Treasurer is Ralph Slate, of 270 Longhill Street in Springfield. He is a lifelong history buff, and served as Chairperson of the Springfield Historical Commission for eight years.

We have several other volunteers from across the city, all citizens who are interested in making our city a better place.

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We have an informational flyer which you can print and give to your friends and co-workers. en Español

Springfield CPAdvocates

The following groups are supporting the CPA:

"Campus Neighbors of Sixteen Acres fully supports the CPA. Improving the quality of life in our sector as well as in Springfield is what we want." -- Sarah Cox, president
"CPA can greatly assist the rehabilitation of deteriorated historic buildings in the city. It has the full support of the Springfield Preservation Trust Board of Directors." --Don Courtemanche, president.
Mattoon Street Historic Preservation Association
"As downtown residents, we see neglected parks, houses, and historic buildings which could be improved through CPA. Our members have voted to endorse adopting CPA to improve Springfield."-- Kate Vishnyakov, President
"The Springfield Food Policy Council supports the Springfield CPA initiative because it is sensitive to lower income property owners, exempting the first $100,000 of the value of taxable property from the CPA property tax surcharge. Meanwhile, the new revenues raised locally and from the State further the goals of the Springfield Food Policy Council and therefore Springfield CPA should be adopted."
"Concerned Citizens For Springfield wholehartedly supports Question Five. CCS has been supporting housing efforts and welcomes the opportunity for more funds for the support of home ownership, rehabilitatting deteriated housing and stabilizing neighborhoods." -- Pat Triggs, Concerned Citizens for Springfield
"We are happy to join in signing a letter of support for the passage of CPA in Springfield." -- Stacia Caplanson, Preservation Circuit Rider for Central and Western MA
"The Maple-High/Six Corners Neighborhood Council has endorsed CPA because we see it as important way to repair our tornado-damaged historic buildings, enhance our parks, upgrade the Mill River open space, and increase homebuyer programs." --Melvin Edwards, president.
"Western Mass. Jobs with Justice endorses Community Preservation Act campaigns in Springfield, Holyoke, South Hadley, Palmer, and Pittsfield."
"Springfield has a significant inventory of historic buildings, many of which are deteriorated. Funds to help repair and preserve them are scarce. The Springfield Historical Commission has voted its support for the CPA because the CPA will provide needed financial assistance for historic preservation."
"The Forest Park neighborhood is home to the city’s largest park, as well as a broad range of housing, including two historic districts. The Forest Park Civic Association fully understands that investing in these areas is a smart strategy to help improve quality of life in our city, so it is proud to support the Community Preservation Act."
"ReGreen Springfield enthusiastically endorses the Community Preservation Act, Ballot Question 5. The work ReGreen does is plant trees, improve parks, and provide educational programs."
"I feel that the CPA provides a great benefit to the community while being reasonable and considerate of the tax paying homeowners of Springfield. I endorse a Yes vote on Question #5 and suggest that those who wish to see a balanced rebirth of Springfield do the same."
"The Community Preservation Act has helped numerous communities across the Commonwealth preserve and improve their history, maintain their open spaces, and create new places for recreation. The CPA process is driven by the people who live within the communities the law seeks to preserve, and is a great demonstration of local partnerships with the state. I strongly urge Springfield voters to vote 'yes' on Question 5."
"The Community Preservation Act is a great resource to our district and Springfield community. It will help in the preservation and renovation of our open space, recreation, Historic Buildings and Housing throughout our city. I support voting YES on Question 5 on November 8th."