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Community Preservation Act Committee

Arlington voters approved adoption of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in November 2014 with the Act to begin funding in FY2016. The Town of Arlington began collecting surcharge revenue on the August 3, 2015 tax bills and will continue collection on a quarterly basis.

The act will raise an estimated $1.5 million in funding annually via a tax surcharge and state funds that are designated for major public investments in open space and outdoor recreational facilities, affordable housing, and historic preservation. The Community Preservation Act Committee, required by the CPA under MGL Chapter 44B, and formed by Town Meeting, is tasked with evaluating Arlington's needs in those three specific areas and making recommendations to Town Meeting on how CPA funding should be spent.

The committee consists of nine volunteers, including four members from the general public and a member from each of the following bodies: the Redevelopment Board, the Conservation Commission, the Historical Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Housing Authority. Committee members serve three-year terms, but initial appointments to the committee have been staggered to (1) one-year term position, two (2) two-year term positions, and one (1) three-year term position.

Community Preservation Act Committee Reports to Town Meeting

2019 Report to Town Meeting (updated 4/24 to include images)
2018 Report to Town Meeting
2017 Report to Town Meeting
2016 Report to Special Town Meeting

Helpful Links

For more information on CPA Legislation, click here.
For more information on Arlington's CPA Bylaw, click here.
To view the Department of Revenue's CPA Allowable Spending Chart, click here.
More information about the CPA surcharge can be found on the Assessor's CPA page.

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