The Community Preservation Act allows communities to pay into their own fund with a surcharge on the assessed property tax bill.  The state would contribute to that fund with matching funds, that vary year to year.

For Pittsfield, we are proposing a 1% surcharge with important exemptions:

— property owned by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low/moderate income senior housing

— the first $100,000 of all assessed property values would be exempt, both residential, commercial and industrial.

We would then be eligible to receive the state’s annual matching contributions.  These matches are divided at variable rates to only those cities and towns that have adopted the Community Preservation Act.

Here’s how it might work in Pittsfield:

The impact on the surcharge for individual property owners is minimal.

Example: Pittsfield has a tax rate of $18.76 per thousand.  That means a house assessed at $100,000 pays $1,876 a year in property taxes.  That house would pay no surcharge since the first $100,000 is exempted.  A house assessed at $200,000 would only pay an additional $18.76 (again, with the first $100,000 exempted.)  A house assessed at $300,000 would pay $37.52 per year.

These small amounts add up, as can be seen by the totals that the 161 communities across the state have raised for projects, since the law came into effect (amounts vary since towns and cities adopted in different years.).

City/Town Name Total Local Surcharge Total Trust Fund Distribution Total Revenue (Local Surcharge + Distribution)
Acton $9,147,928 $5,203,874 $14,351,802
Acushnet $1,379,001 $757,979 $2,136,980
Agawam $5,081,528 $2,935,186 $8,016,714
Amherst $4,732,359 $2,443,290 $7,175,649
Aquinnah $891,361 $891,361 $1,782,722
Ashland $8,616,902 $5,465,973 $14,082,875
Ayer $1,973,607 $1,262,866 $3,236,473
Barnstable $29,662,755 $15,710,501 $45,373,256
Becket $301,402 $96,880 $398,282
Bedford $15,263,205 $9,361,533 $24,624,738
Belchertown $1,828,312 $862,399 $2,690,711
Belmont $3,668,062 $1,283,254 $4,951,316
Beverly $1,309,600 $399,873 $1,709,473
Bourne $11,081,681 $6,001,767 $17,083,448
Boxborough $155,528 $46,149 $201,677
Boxford $6,852,675 $4,570,623 $11,423,298
Braintree $6,658,802 $3,812,112 $10,470,914
Brewster $7,592,975 $4,312,355 $11,905,330
Bridgewater $4,355,259 $2,067,827 $6,423,086
Cambridge $94,979,611 $56,513,026 $151,492,637
Canton $979,044 $299,158 $1,278,202
Carlisle $4,458,894 $2,640,726 $7,099,620
Carver $3,053,567 $2,111,888 $5,165,455
Chatham $8,152,897 $5,106,749 $13,259,646
Chelmsford $7,683,506 $3,578,794 $11,262,300
Chilmark $2,261,794 $1,844,623 $4,106,417
Cohasset $4,641,757 $2,715,330 $7,357,087
Concord $9,231,749 $4,698,417 $13,930,166
Conway $557,656 $338,808 $896,464
Dartmouth $6,103,664 $3,412,948 $9,516,612
Deerfield $1,355,180 $1,114,642 $2,469,822
Dennis $10,548,921 $5,706,332 $16,255,253
Dighton $404,093 $134,313 $538,406
Dracut $8,743,036 $5,172,599 $13,915,635
Dunstable $1,793,691 $1,398,377 $3,192,068
Duxbury $13,971,893 $9,186,403 $23,158,296
East Longmeadow $1,878,490 $801,113 $2,679,603
Eastham $5,187,011 $3,123,613 $8,310,624
Easthampton $3,597,958 $2,690,053 $6,288,011
Easton $11,111,911 $6,825,558 $17,937,469
Edgartown $5,792,640 $3,199,893 $8,992,533
Essex $332,811 $121,424 $454,235
Fairhaven $2,979,513 $1,418,864 $4,398,377
Fall River $1,639,927 $500,872 $2,140,799
Falmouth $24,338,316 $12,707,586 $37,045,902
Georgetown $3,855,593 $2,853,287 $6,708,880
Gloucester $2,924,484 $948,816 $3,873,300
Goshen $433,817 $433,817 $867,634
Gosnold $15,369 $5416 $20,785
Grafton $3,337,358 $1,825,317 $5,162,675
Granville $136,378 $44,128 $180,506
Great Barrington $806,330 $376,428 $1,182,758
Groton $5,326,948 $3,147,889 $8,474,837
Groveland $2,397,475 $1,933,706 $4,331,181
Hadley $2,129,961 $1,635,765 $3,765,726
Hamilton $3,379,173 $1,614,644 $4,993,817
Hampden $656,549 $376,036 $1,032,585
Hanover $7,347,207 $3,934,387 $11,281,594
Hanson $1,082,881 $356,195 $1,439,076
Harvard $2,222,091 $1,290,965 $3,513,056
Harwich $11,194,096 $6,091,156 $17,285,252
Hatfield $943,635 $903,825 $1,847,460
Hingham $9,427,951 $5,412,875 $14,840,826
Holliston $4,772,375 $2,793,374 $7,565,749
Hopkinton $8,907,833 $5,232,495 $14,140,328
Hubbardston $416,681 $182,937 $599,618
Hudson $2,944,459 $1,073,614 $4,018,073
Kingston $4,444,340 $2,643,318 $7,087,658
Lenox $2,297,488 $1,362,893 $3,660,381
Leverett $949,601 $949,602 $1,899,203
Lexington $29,222,015 $12,610,396 $41,832,411
Lincoln $6,766,714 $4,140,699 $10,907,413
Littleton $1,656,644 $631,050 $2,287,694
Longmeadow $2,551,551 $1,086,191 $3,637,742
Manchester $2,115,571 $863,264 $2,978,835
Marion $2,360,713 $1,136,934 $3,497,647
Marshfield $12,864,919 $7,810,610 $20,675,529
Mashpee $11,538,919 $6,222,686 $17,761,605
Mattapoisett $1,100,865 $403,474 $1,504,339
Maynard $1,682,482 $718,236 $2,400,718
Medway $7,130,745 $4,853,987 $11,984,732
Mendon $2,548,618 $2,034,522 $4,583,140
Middleborough $857,252 $299,668 $1,156,920
Middleton $1,604,548 $813,163 $2,417,711
Millis $882,494 $324,477 $1,206,971
Monson $1,348,751 $1,189,083 $2,537,834
Nahant $1,802,958 $1,453,772 $3,256,730
Nantucket $20,466,070 $12,180,575 $32,646,645
Needham $15,374,122 $7,214,254 $22,588,376
Newburyport $7,051,108 $3,809,935 $10,861,043
Newton $30,497,937 $18,183,681 $48,681,618
Norfolk $5,354,047 $3,775,663 $9,129,710
North Andover $16,850,057 $10,438,256 $27,288,313
Northampton $7,801,551 $3,847,222 $11,648,773
Northborough $4,102,622 $1,932,274 $6,034,896
Northfield $205,681 $130,875 $336,556
Norwell $9,367,299 $5,740,112 $15,107,411
Oak Bluffs $4,356,444 $2,552,761 $6,909,205
Orleans $6,251,979 $3,632,077 $9,884,056
Peabody $8,319,511 $4,930,419 $13,249,930
Pelham $259,167 $259,167 $518,334
Pembroke $1,796,158 $661,023 $2,457,181
Phillipston $335,407 $315,210 $650,617
Plymouth $19,347,317 $10,612,412 $29,959,729
Plympton $460,136 $151,424 $611,560
Provincetown $4,025,619 $2,577,750 $6,603,369
Quincy $11,498,108 $4,923,644 $16,421,752
Randolph $6,068,544 $2,851,923 $8,920,467
Rehoboth $1,030,624 $334,429 $1,365,053
Rockport $4,862,205 $3,218,785 $8,080,990
Rowley $4,051,526 $3,027,824 $7,079,350
Royalston $108,034 $108,034 $216,068
Salem $1,063,503 $325,113 $1,388,616
Sandwich $14,114,691 $7,635,518 $21,750,209
Scituate $12,130,036 $7,103,720 $19,233,756
Seekonk $1,657,792 $536,620 $2,194,412
Sharon $3,795,088 $1,803,846 $5,598,934
Shutesbury $251,848 $82,603 $334,451
Somerset $158,215 $48,396 $206,611
Somerville $5,324,591 $1,676,484 $7,001,075
Southampton $1,856,587 $1,691,619 $3,548,206
Southborough $2,923,814 $1,598,707 $4,522,521
Southwick $2,696,504 $2,139,089 $4,835,593
Stockbridge $1,645,338 $1,375,921 $3,021,259
Stoughton $3,713,744 $1,214,713 $4,928,457
Stow $5,552,177 $3,801,372 $9,353,549
Sturbridge $4,370,588 $3,221,225 $7,591,813
Sudbury $17,986,780 $10,586,371 $28,573,151
Sunderland $376,064 $376,064 $752,128
Swansea $1,478,194 $479,648 $1,957,842
Templeton $848,064 $848,064 $1,696,128
Tewksbury $5,583,967 $2,382,642 $7,966,609
Tisbury $4,035,179 $2,330,137 $6,365,316
Truro $3,564,480 $2,333,979 $5,898,459
Tyngsborough $5,185,363 $3,781,359 $8,966,722
Upton $3,349,316 $2,469,071 $5,818,387
Waltham $22,277,281 $10,467,154 $32,744,435
Wareham $6,939,339 $4,330,305 $11,269,644
Wayland $8,090,383 $4,719,619 $12,810,002
Wellesley $10,298,024 $5,663,017 $15,961,041
Wellfleet $4,079,426 $2,611,006 $6,690,432
Wenham $2,758,278 $1,973,211 $4,731,489
West Boylston $1,346,948 $496,459 $1,843,407
West Bridgewater $941,096 $308,089 $1,249,185
West Newbury $2,153,418 $1,550,076 $3,703,494
West Springfield $2,169,079 $702,558 $2,871,637
West Tisbury $3,121,295 $2,040,384 $5,161,679
Westfield $3,958,622 $2,116,788 $6,075,410
Westford $17,039,896 $10,543,914 $27,583,810
Weston $20,549,036 $12,345,505 $32,894,541
Westport $4,783,168 $2,738,283 $7,521,451
Weymouth $5,416,114 $2,598,394 $8,014,508
Whately $421,412 $421,412 $842,824
Wilbraham $2,964,893 $1,503,691 $4,468,584
Williamstown $2,329,646 $1,308,569 $3,638,215
Yarmouth $14,398,827 $7,725,088 $22,123,915
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