The Community Preservation Commission is tasked with implementation of the Community Preservation Act in Medford, and making recommendations for use of the city’s Community Preservation Fund.
The Community Preservation Act (“CPA”) was adopted by Medford voters on November 3, 2015, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 44B. The act established a local dedicated fund, financed by a voter-approved property tax surcharge of 1.5%, and matching funds from the statewide CPA Trust Fund, to invest locally in open space, historic preservation, outdoor recreation and community housing projects.
Money for Medford’s Community Preservation Fund comes from two sources:
1. Medford residents pay a 1.5% surcharge on a portion of their annual property taxes. In the first year, the CPA surcharge generated approximately $1.2M. Medford’s ordinance exempts the first $100,000 of residential or commercial property value from the surcharge, and offers an additional exemption for “low income households”, or “moderate income seniors” as defined by Section 2 of the Community Preservation Act. (Please see [link] for information about how to apply for an income-based exemption.)
2. The Massachusetts CPA law creates a Statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund which provides distributions each year to communities that have adopted CPA. The Trust Fund’s revenues are derived from fees collected at the Registry of Deeds and appropriations by the State Legislature. In 2017 Medford expects to receive approximately $180,000 in matching funds, or 15% of local revenues.
Community Preservation funds can be used for capital projects relating to affordable housing, historic preservation, open space, and outdoor recreation. A minimum of 10% of CPA revenues each year must be spent or reserved for each program area, while the remaining 70% may be used in any program area. Up to 5% of revenues may be spent for CPA administrative costs.
Determining Project Eligibility
|Open Space |||Housing |||Recreation |||Historic|
|Yes – if
|Yes – if
Source: G.L. c. 44B via Community Preservation Coalition
The CPA fund is administered by the city’s 9 member Community Preservation Committee, which is composed of representatives from the City’s Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Planning Board, Park & Recreation Commission and the Housing Authority, along with four Medford residents appointed by the Mayor and City Council.
The Medford Community Preservation Committee, with input from the public and other City committees, evaluates community needs and priorities, and makes recommendations for funding eligible projects. As part of its responsibilities, the CPC must develop a Community Preservation Plan, outlining Medford’s needs, opportunities, resources and priorities with regard to open space, outdoor recreation, historic preservation, and community housing. The plan will be reviewed and updated annually, and will include application guidance and criteria for selecting projects.
All CPA funding appropriations must be approved by the City Council. Both CPC recommendation and City Council approval are required for CPA funds to be used.
Please visit our CPA page for details about exemptions, answers to frequently asked questions, etc.
Community Preservation Commission members
Elizabeth Keary Soule
Heidi Davis, Conservation Commission
Andre Leroux, Community Development Board
Doug Carr, Historical Commission
Michael Cugno – Park Commission
Michael Louis, Housing Authority