We who live here in the Town of Shelburne are “all in this together” as we face these uncertain times. We need to work together to prepare for, address, and respond to whatever will be coming our way.
One of the ways we can work together now is to set ourselves up to receive significant funding from the Commonwealth’s Community Preservation Trust Fund. If we work together, the Commonwealth will give us funds we can use to save open space, create outdoor recreation projects, create more housing for our community, and restore/preserve our historic buildings and spaces.
In addition, by becoming a CPA community, we increase our opportunities for getting grant funding from other sources for our projects. To get these funds from the Commonwealth, each of us would have to give a little in order to get a lot for our town. Each land owner would pay a property tax surcharge. We propose that we choose to maximize the CPA benefit to our town. A 3% annual surcharge on a portion of our property tax bills will make us eligible to receive a significantly larger contribution from the Commonwealth.
Who are we? A volunteer group of Shelburne residents who have come together because we believe that adopting CPA would have a very positive impact on our Town. We’ve seen the impact it has had on our neighboring towns and we want that for our Town!
What is the Community Preservation Act?
The Community Preservation Act – CPA - enables towns like Shelburne to create a locally-controlled fund for open space, historic preservation, community housing, and outdoor recreation projects. Towns that adopt CPA receive annual distributions from the Commonwealth’s Community Preservation Trust Fund to help fund these projects. (For more Information on the Community Preservation Act, go to: https://www.communitypreservation.org) 186 communities in Massachusetts have adopted CPA, including eight of our Franklin County neighbors: Conway, Deerfield, Greenfield, Northfield, Leverett, Shutesbury, Sunderland, and Whately. (In addition, these other Western Mass towns have adopted CPA: Amherst, Belchertown, Easthampton, Goshen, Hadley, Hatfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Pelham, and Southampton.) Because Shelburne has not adopted CPA, we have not been receiving these annual CPA distributions from the Commonwealth which our neighbors have been!
What Have Our Neighboring Towns Done With Their CPA Funds?
How Would Shelburne Fund Our CPA?
How Much Money Could Shelburne Raise With CPA?
What Will CPA Cost Homeowners?
How Do I Calculate the 3% Surcharge for My Property?
What Projects Could Shelburne's CPA Fund?
Who Decides Which CPA Projects We Will Fund?
What Needs to Happen For Shelburne to Adopt CPA?