CPA on the Ballot in Framingham, Shrewsbury
In this fall's elections, the residents of Framingham and Shrewsbury will have a chance to approve the Community Preservation Act (CPA) and set aside money for various local projects, including open space projects.
When a community approves CPA, a small surcharge is added to municipal property taxes to create a Community Preservation Fund that can be used for four types of local projects: Open Space, Recreation, Historic Preservation, and Affordable Housing.
Without CPA funding, many of the conservation lands we enjoy today would not have been preserved. CPA funding was essential to several projects on which SVT has worked, including Mainstone Farm in Wayland and Sweetwilliam Farm in Upton. This funding remains a critical resource for land protection.
On the Ballot
During the November election, Framingham and Shrewsbury voters are being asked to approve a 1% surcharge on their property taxes. (The first $100,000 of property evaluation is exempt, and there are other exemptions for low-income and elderly residents.) The Massachusetts Department of Revenue also adds an annual distribution to the fund, creating an additional incentive to pass CPA.
SVT encourages our Framingham and Shrewsbury members to Vote Yes on the CPA ballot question.
For those planning to use mail-in voting, the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth recommends that you request your ballot by October 20; the firm deadline is October 28.
In addition to encouraging a Yes vote, we also encourage you to connect with the organizations that are working to pass CPA in your community:
- Framingham: Framingham Community Preservation Now
- Shrewsbury: Community Preservation Shrewsbury
- Statewide: Community Preservation Coalition
The Massachusetts CPA law was enacted in 2000. To date, 177 cities and towns have passed CPA, including 27 of the 36 communities in the SVT region. In addition to Framingham and Shrewsbury, nine other communities are voting on CPA this fall.