Information on this page is organized under these two headings below:
Newton's Community Preservation Program: how local contributions are calculated, allowable uses of funds, full text of our local CPA ordinance
Massachusetts Community Preservation Act, Massachusetts General Laws chapter 44B, ("CPA" for short): full text of the legislation, sources of funds, required uses of funds, the statewide Community Preservation Coalition
The CPA allows local communities to adopt a surcharge on property taxes and receive state matching funds for affordable housing, historic resources, open space and recreation land. The citizens of Newton adopted the CPA in 2001, the first possible year, with a 1% local surcharge.
The Act also specifies the types of work or activities that may be funded for each resource, to ensure that "community preservation funds [do] not replace existing operating funds, only augment them." For example, the CPA may not be used to fund routine maintenance.