CPA MINI FACTS

Here are a series of quick facts about CPA that people often ask about.

Why should I support the CPA?

Large CPA projects, while important, rarely get regular, dependable funding from the Town’s municipal budgeting process. To maintain and foster a vibrant, desirable community CPA projects support the physical and aesthetic characteristics that people look for when choosing a strong community in which to live.

Why is CPA a good deal for Burlington?

CPA will help preserve Burlington’s historic buildings. CPA will help support affordable housing. CPA will help protect and create open and recreational space. CPA will stretch local tax dollars by providing matching state funds and grant dollars. CPA could free up money in the general budget for schools, fire stations, road repair, and more.

Who is on the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) and how is it created?

Each community that adopts the Community Preservation Act is required to establish a Community Preservation Committee (CPC) to administer the program.  The CPC is created by Town Meeting with at least 5 required members:  Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Historical Commission, Recreation Commission and Housing Authority AND up to 4 optional members

What is the Community Preservation Act (CPA)?

The CPA is a state law that enables cities and towns to create a dedicated fund for important projects that can greatly impact a community’s character and quality of life.  The CPA is a dedicated account for the good things we know we should be doing to save our town and its history.

What are the CPC’s responsibilities?

The CPC has 3 responsibilities:  1) to study the needs, possibilities, and resources of the community with regards to community preservation, 2) to accept project proposals from the community and 3) make recommendations to Town Meeting for funding.

Is it true that those who can most afford it will pay the most for the CPA?

Yes, CPA puts a surcharge on local property tax bills, homes with higher assessed values will have higher property tax bills, and thus will pay a larger CPA surcharge.  The exemptions for moderate-income senior homeowners and low-income homeowners assure that those who can least afford to pay the CPA surcharge do not have to pay.

How will CPA help with our annual budget?

By funding some large projects through Community Preservation Act funds and taking advantage of the state contribution — we can help relieve our budgets by freeing general tax revenues for other purposes.