Latest CPA News


November 2016 Statewide Trust Fund Distribution Announced
11/16/2016
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) has released the Community Preservation Trust Fund distribution for each CPA municipality. The revenue from this year's trust fund distribution comes from the recording fees collected over the past 12 months at the state's Registries of Deeds.
Local Campaigns are Utilizing Online Tools to Advocate for CPA
10/4/2016
With only one month left until Election Day in November, we wanted to highlight some of the local campaigns as they are working towards educating their communities on the CPA program.
Kathy Roth Announces Her Departure; Coalition Seeking to Fill Associate Director Position
9/30/2016
After 11 years of service, Kathy announces that she intends to step down from her position as Associate Director of the Community Preservation Coalition
Acton Update; Town May Proceed With Historic Preservation Grants
9/23/2016
After a court hearing on September 14th, the request for a preliminary injunction to prevent the town of Acton from using CPA funds for historic religious buildings was denied.
CPA Adoption Update: East Bridgewater and Palmer on the ballot
9/9/2016
Palmer and East Bridgewater become the final two communities that will be voting on CPA adoption on Election Day later this year.
CPA Update: Amesbury, Watertown, & Wrentham on the Ballot
8/23/2016
Amesbury, Watertown, and Wrentham advance CPA to the ballot this year after succeeding in having petitions signed by the required 5 percent of their respective communities' registered voters.
CPA Update: Billerica on the Ballot
8/18/2016
Billerica became the eleventh community to advance CPA to the ballot this year after succeeded in having a petition signed by the required 5 percent of the town's registered voters
CPA Adoption Update: Pittsfield on the Ballot
8/10/2016
Pittsfield became the tenth community to advance CPA to the ballot this year after their City Council passed a vote in favor of CPA.
Lawsuit Filed Against Acton's Use of CPA Funds on Historic Religious Buildings
8/2/2016
The town of Acton has recently been sued by 10 taxpayers from Acton representing the Americans United for Separation of Church and State in an attempt to stop the town from using their CPA funds on projects for local churches.
CPA Adoption Update: South Hadley Back on the Ballot
7/29/2016
After an incredibly narrow loss for CPA Adoption during their spring election, local CPA advocates in South Hadley were spurred on to try again in November with a ballot petition. After several months of gathering signatures, the campaign succeeded in having their petition signed by the required 5 percent of the town's registered voters, making South Hadley the ninth community that will be voting on CPA this fall.
New Legislation Affects CPA Transfers to Housing Trusts and CPA Exemption Deadlines
7/28/2016
Legislation has passed that will affect the Community Preservation Act, clarifying requirements for how housing trusts track their CPA funding and setting submission deadlines for the low/moderate income exemption applications.
Governor Baker Signs FY17 Budget Including CPA Funding
7/21/2016
Earlier this month, Governor Charlie Baker signed the fiscal year 2017 budget, including the transfer of $10 million from the state budget surplus to the CPA Trust Fund.
CPA Adoption Update: Springfield on the Ballot
7/19/2016
Springfield became the eighth community to advance CPA to the ballot this year after their City Council passed a vote in favor of CPA.
Pittsfield and Springfield Move Forward on the Question of CPA Adoption
7/13/2016
As Election Day approaches, the cities of Springfield and Pittsfield are both making progress towards possibly placing the question of CPA adoption on the November ballot.
Gatehouse Media Covers CPA Programs in Local and Regional Papers
6/28/2016
In the last few weeks, Gatehouse Media and Wicked Local have been running a series of articles about the Community Preservation Act and the many projects that CPA communities have been able to accomplish through the program.