The Framingham Council begins drafting CPA law

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FRAMINGHAM, MA – A major step in Framingham’s enactment of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) begins this week as the City Council’s Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee begins drafting the city’s CPA ordinance.

Framingham voters approved the adoption of the CPA in the November 3rd election. Under the CPA, most commercial and residential property owners pay a 1 percent surcharge on property tax bills to generate money for a pot that is used to pay for things like park improvements and historic preservation.

In early 2020, Framingham’s CPA Study Group drew up a proposal for a regulation that will, among other things, set up a committee that will decide how CPA money will be spent. The committee includes agents from the Conservation Commission, the Historical Commission, the Planning Board, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Framingham Housing Authority. But there will also be four residents, who will be appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council in accordance with the draft regulation.

Once the ordinance is finalized by the city council, the members of the committee will be selected and set to work to produce a report assessing what the city could do with CPA funds. The city will begin collecting the CPA surcharge on July 1, and the committee can begin reviewing possible projects as early as spring 2022.

Here is the draft regulation that the Regulation and Rules Subcommittee will begin with. The subcommittee meeting begins on Tuesday at 6 p.m.