Per the letter below, that I received this week, from Bill O’Donnell, our Norfolk County Register of Deeds, the residents of the Town of Medfield paid $46,790 in surcharge fees at the Norfolk Registry of Deeds for recordings in 2017 to support the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA).

However, because Medfield has not yet adopted the CPA, the fees we paid were in turn paid over to other towns that have adopted the CPA.

The CPA for me is all about getting the state matching monies, so that our town monies can go further in the three categories where the CPA requires the monies to be spent:

  • open spaces and recreation
  • historic preservation
  • affordable housing

Originally the state matching monies were 100%, but as more towns joined the CPA the match declined.  In recent years the legislature has even added monies to the match to make it more attractive.  Last year the state matching money was 17%.

WILLIAM P. O'DONNELL REGISTER OF DEEDS ASSISTANT RECORDER OF THE LAND COURT Selectman Osler L. Peterson Medfield Board of Selectmen l 0 Copperwood Road Medfield, MA 02052 Dear Selectman Peterson, COUNTY OF NORFOLK COUNTY OF PRESIDENTS REGISTRY OF DEEDS NORFOLK REGISTRY DISTRICT OF THE LAND COURT January 19, 2018 As Register of the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, I thought the chart on the reverse side would be of interest to you. It provides an illustration of the funds generated by the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in your community based on recorded real estate filings during the 2017 calendar year. The Community Preservation Act was signed into law on September 14, 2000. Today there are 172 Massachusetts communities that have adopted the Community Preservation Act. Just over 1.75 billion dollars has been raised to date statewide. The Registry of Deeds, at no additional cost to the Commonwealth or local communities, collects these revenues for the state once a document is recorded. The monies are then forwarded to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue on a monthly basis. The funds collected by the Commonwealth are then redistributed back to the communities that have adopted the CPA through a variety of formulas. The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds which is located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, genealogists, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. For assistance please contact our Customer Service Center at (781) 461-610 I, or visit our website at I hope you find this data to be timely, informative and useful. In the meantime, ifl can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me at 781-461-6116 or by email at I wish you a healthy New Year. Sincerely yours, ~411?7~ William P. O' Donnell Norfolk County Register of Deeds WPO/aag 649 HIGH STREET. DEDHAM . MASSACHUSETTS 02026 T E L EPHONE 78 1·461 ·6 1 16 FAX 7 81 -326·4246 EM A IL registerodonnel www ~ ~ You£m Linked (@ @NorfolkDeeds NORFOLK COUNTY REGISTRY OF DEEDS COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT (CPA) SURCHARGES BY TOWN FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2017 TOWN TOTAL AVON $18,030 BELLINGHAM $68,890 BRAINTREE $124,580 BROOKLINE $166,930 CANTON $94,080 COHASSET $42,810 DEDHAM $90,580 DOVER $29,780 FOXBOROUGH $62,360 FRANKLIN $117,830 HOLBROOK $47,080 MEDFIEI,n $46,790 MEDWAY $48,810 MILLIS $34,740 MILTON $95,820 NEEDHAM $108,540 NORFOLK $40,180 NORWOOD $83,730 PLAINVILLE $35,410 QUINCY $273,240 RANDOLPH $110,070 SHARON $60,270 STOUGHTON $105,140 WALPOLE $94,180 WELLESLEY $103,680 WESTWOOD $54,980 WEYMOUTH $215,200 WRENTHAM $53,87020180119-Wm O'Donnell-ltr from_Page_2

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