Community Preservation Committee

CPA OVERVIEW
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) MGL. c. 44B was enacted by the state to allow any Town in Massachusetts to adopt a property tax surcharge of up to 3%, the revenues from which, and from any matching State funds (up to 100%), could be appropriated to four target areas:  affordable community housing, historic preservation, open space, and recreation projects.

In 2002, Wareham voters adopted a 3% property tax surcharge (with an initial $100,000 property value exclusion) under the Community Preservation Act.  It should be noted that the CPA surcharge does not raise the tax rate for the community; it assesses a surcharge on property tax bills after they have been calculated based on the community’s current tax rate.

The Town appointed a seven-member Community Preservation Committee  that makes recommendations to the Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting for the use of CPA funds.

CPA funds may be spent on qualifying projects in the four target areas. These funds cannot be used for any other purposes.  

Check out Wareham’s Community Preservation Act Projects!

 

Board Members

NamePositionTerm

Co-Chair & Treasurer, Conservation Commission

June 2020

Brian Litchfield

Co-Chair Open Space

June 2021

Clerk, Citizen-at-large

June 2020

George Barrett

Planning Board

June 2021

Jean Connaughton

Housing Authority

June 2020

Barbara A. Smith

Historic Commission

June 2021

Joan Kinniburgh

Citizen-at-large

June 2022

Board of Selectmen Liaison

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