The letter below that I received this week from the Norfolk Register of Deeds highlights for Medfield how, as a town, we all pay in to the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) fund ($44,250 last year), but we get none of the monies or benefits back because we have not adopted the CPA.
The CPA is a self-imposed additional tax of from 1-3%, in exchange for which the town get state matching monies. CPA monies have to be spent on one of three areas:
- historic preservation
- affordable housing
- open space and recreation
My analysis has always been that where we already spend on those three things anyway, that by not adopting the CPA that we are merely forgoing the state matching monies.
The one time the CPA went to the annual town meeting (ATM), about ten years ago, it was defeated.