Community Preservation Committee

Description

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was approved by the legislature and signed by Governor Paul Celucci in September 2000. This state law, MGL Chapter 44B , allows cities and towns to raise funds through a surcharge on local real estate taxes to:

  • buy, create, preserve open space and rehabilitate and/or restore open space that is  acquired or created using CPA funds;
  • acquire, preserve, rehabilitate, or restore historic resources;
  • acquire, create, preserve, and support community housing; and
  • acquire, create, preserve, and rehabilitate and/or restore passive and active outdoor recreation facilities.

In addition to the community’s tax surcharge, the state distributes annual matching funds that are not less than 5% and not more than 100%, funded by a surcharge on real estate transactions at the Registry of Deeds.

Adoption and Funding of the CPA

The residents of Watertown voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA) on November 8, 2016. CPA funds are raised through a 2% tax surcharge on all real estate property tax bills with two exemptions:

  • the residential exemption on owner occupied residential property, and
  • residential property owned and occupied by any person who qualifies for low-income housing or low- or moderate-income senior housing. Please contact the Assessor’s Office for further details or look at the  Watertown CPA Exemption Application Form.

These monies are an investment in Watertown’s future. All funding is controlled at the local level, committed to local projects, which preserve and improve the community’s character and quality of life.

Committee Meetings 

The Committee meets on the third Thursday of the month.  Meeting dates and times should be verified by reviewing the posted agenda or calling, prior to the scheduled meeting. 

  • When: Third Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted and start at 7 p.m. 
  • Where: Town Administration Building, 149 Main Street, Town Council Chamber, 2nd fl. 

Agendas 

Agendas are available a minimum of 48 hours prior to the meetings:

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Minutes

Minutes are available following approval by the Committee:

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The Community Preservation Committee (CPC)

On June 26, 2018 the Town Council adopted Town Ordinance #59 O-2018-59, Chapter 36: Community Preservation Committee establishing the nine-member volunteer Watertown Community Preservation Committee . Members serve 3-year terms which are initially staggered 1 to 3 years.

The Committee has three key responsibilities:

  1. to study Watertown’s needs, possibilities, and resources and then develop a Community Preservation Plan to guide its priorities and decision-making on project proposals. The CPC consults with other municipal boards and committees to get their input and holds one or more public informational meetings annually to solicit public input. This plan is updated annually.
  2. to establish an application process for project proposals from the community, to conduct a thorough vetting of the proposals, and to vote on a slate of project recommendations including specific dollar amounts of CPA funding sources to complete them. The CPC forwards these annual budget recommendations to the Town Council for action. Presentations are held describing how the projects serve the needs, interests, and goals of the CPA and of Watertown;  
  3. record keeping regarding all CPC meetings, proposals, and recommendations and annual budgetary reporting to the Town Council. The Town Council can approve, reject, or reduce the Committee’s funding proposals.

Committee Members

Nine members serve a 3-year term (initial terms are 1 to 3 years).

Member Member Type Address Term
Elodia Thomas, Chair Resident Appointee 67 Marion Rd 02/01/2021
Jason D. Cohen Planning Board 153 Common St 02/01/2020
Mark Kraczkiewicz Resident Appointee 77 Riverside St 02/01/2020
Dennis J. Duff Resident Appointee 33 Spruce St 02/01/2020
Maria P. Rose Conservation Commission 45 Edward Rd 02/01/2021
Susan T. Steele Historical Commission 77 Russell Av 02/01/2021
Allen Gallagher Housing Authority 55 Waverley Av 02/01/2022
Bob DiRico Park Commissioners (acting) 124 Orchard St 02/01/2022
Jonathan M. Bockian Resident Appointee 165 Irving St 02/01/2022

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