Year after year, CPA continues to make adoption progress as new cities and towns see the value that it offers. After Northbridge became the 173rd community to adopt the program last May, CPA adoption campaigns launched in the towns of Berlin and Plainville. Both campaigns saw great results from Election Day last night, and these successes now bring the total number of CPA municipalities to 175.
The town of Berlin had an impressive 79% voter turnout this year, and as history has shown, high turnout typically means good news for fans of CPA. Residents voted to adopt CPA at a 3% surcharge by a vote of 976 to 726, including exemptions for low-income and low & moderate income seniors and the first $100,000 of residential and commercial property. Their local surcharge is expected to raise approximately $245,000 annually.
Meanwhile in Plainville, the CPA ballot question won by a large majority. The measure passed nearly 2-1 in favor of CPA (2551-1313), and now the town will adopt a 1% surcharge with exemptions for low-income and low & moderate income seniors and the first $100,000 of residential and commercial property. Their local surcharge is expected to raise approximately $165,000 annually.
The only other community with a CPA ballot question this year was Northfield, which was proposing to increase their local surcharge from 0.5% to 1%. Residents were reluctant on the increase however, as the measure failed with a vote of 553 to 847.