Passage of Question 3 on CPA would benefit Greenfield

Published: 10/30/2020 11:25:58 AM

The members of the Greenfield Historical Commission who sign this letter urge voters to vote yes on Question 3, to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA). It is in the best interest of Greenfield to join the CPA to earn state funds that are only available through the CPA. This matching fund program supports projects that increase affordable housing, preserve historic resources, preserve green space, enhance recreational facilities, and even support needed COVID-related safety measures.

Our mission on the Historical Commission is to safeguard our local heritage, and there is no question that approval of Question 3 will give us more opportunity to do our job. The state will match monies that are collected via a 1% surcharge on property taxes. The law exempts the first $100,000 of value on a residential property, as well as low and moderate income and senior housing residents.

Most of our neighboring towns have adopted this innovative and very useful fund — Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately, Hatfield, Hadley, Amherst and Northampton. To date, more than $2.35 billion has been raised and more than 12,000 projects approved. It’s one of those situations where if we don’t sign up for CPA funds, state taxes paid by our residents go to the cities and towns that do. The CPA surcharge is a very small price to pay to help improve our community.

If you want to learn more, visit the Community Preservation Act website: www.communitypreservation.org.

Now more than ever we need this question approved. Please vote in this important election and be sure to vote Yes on 3.

Margo Jones submitted this op-ed on behalf of the Greenfield Historical Commission, which includes: John Passiglia, Chair; Peter Miller, Robert Moorhead, Arthur (Terry) Ruggles, Tim Blagg, Doug Mayo and Jones.


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