Joseph Finnegan - Resident (appointed by Selectmen)
Christopher Winters - Planning Board
The Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act (the “CPA”, G.L c. 44B) allows any city or town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to adopt a 1% to 3% property tax surcharge with revenues from this surcharge (and State matching funds) to be devoted to community housing (senior and affordable), historic preservation, open space, and outdoor recreation.
The voters of Williamstown adopted a surcharge of 2%, after excluding the first $100,000 of valuation, at the town election in May 2002. Consistent with the terms of the CPA, a Community Preservation Committee was formed to study and recommend how Williamstown’s CPA revenues should be spent each year.
The Community Preservation Committee’s recommendations are presented to the annual town meeting for final approval by the voters of all projects and expenditures.