The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a Massachusetts State Act which enables a community to create a local fund to protect its natural and cultural resources, by adding a surcharge to local real estate taxes.
In Billerica, the surcharge is 1%. Exemptions apply.
The local CPA fund receives yearly guaranteed disbursement matches from a statewide trust fund. All Commonwealth communities bankroll the source for the matching funds, but only cities and towns that adopted CPA receive them. Since CPA was signed into law in 2000, 172 communities have adopted it and benefited from it. Billerica citizens voted to adopt it on Election Day, November 8, 2016.
Billerica petitioners also submitted a Warrant Article (Article 48) in the Fall 2016 Town Meeting Warrant seeking a by-law change to establish a Billerica Community Preservation Committee (CPC). The Article passed with a vote of 77-70.