Community Preservation Act (CPA) Surcharge

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was adopted by Belmont voters on November 2, 2010, with the Act to begin funding in FY2012. The Act establishes a Community Preservation Fund financed by property tax surcharges and annual distributions received from the State “Massachusetts Community Preservation Trust Fund”. All funds are to be used to:

  • acquire, create and preserve open space;
  • acquire, preserve, rehabilitate and restore historic resources;
  • acquire, create, preserve, rehabilitate and restore land for recreation use;
  • create, preserve and support community housing; and
  • rehabilitate and restore open space and community housing acquired or created using monies from the fund.

This gives the community the opportunity to determine its priorities, plan for the future, and have the funds to make those plans happen. A Community Preservation Committee composed of local citizens will make recommendations on the use of the funds.


To retrieve a CPA Surcharge exemption application, click here.

For Frequently Asked Questions, click here.