Community Preservation Committee

Howe School

Applying to use CPA funds for your next project?  The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) invites applications for CPA funding on a rolling basis. Once eligibility is approved by the Community Preservation Committee, the application process will begin.  The eligibility form and application can be found below. The CPC is responsible for reviewing all applications and making recommendations to Town Meeting as to which applications should be considered for funding.

PUBLIC HEARING ON MAY 28TH, 2020 AT 6PM VIA ZOOM TO DISCUSS AND VOTE TO RECOMMEND APPLICATIONS TO TOWN MEETING - You can join the meeting by clicking on the link below or by using the call in number and ID:

Or Telephone: US: +1 301 715 8592     Webinar ID: 899 6117 8113

2020 Applications Under Review on May 28th:

Sheridan St. Application

Carter Ave. Application

Billerica Library Archival Application

Peggy Hannon Rizza Construction Appliation

Howe School Construction Application

Howe Historic Registry Info

Additional Howe History

Financial Plan for Howe/PHR

Masonic Hall Purchase Application

CPC Slides for Spring Town Meeting 2020

Other Important Information:

CPA Bonded Projects

Updated CPC Plan

CPC Activity Report

CPC Fiscal Update

Eligibility Form for Projects

Billerica CPA Application (to be filled out once eligibility is confirmed)

Once the CPA project is approved by Town Meeting, a grant agreement will be created and signed by both parties.  Please see template grant agreement below:

Template Grant Agreement

If the project set forth is a private historic restoration project, the following restriction agreement document will need to be completed by the applicant and submitted to the Massachusetts Historical Commission for approval.

Historic Preservation Restriction Agreement

Additional information:

Community Preservation Fund Public Presentation
Watch the video on BATV

Video on the implementation of the CPC

CPA Taxpayer Information Guide FY19

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a Massachusetts State Act which enables a community to create a local fund to protect its natural and cultural resources, by adding a surcharge to local real estate taxes.

In Billerica, the surcharge is 1%. Exemptions apply.

The local CPA fund receives yearly guaranteed disbursement matches from a statewide trust fund, the revenues of which are derived from a surcharge the Commonwealth places on (real estate) transaction fees at the Registry of Deeds - but only cities and towns that adopted CPA receive a disbursement match. Since CPA was signed into law in 2000, 175 communities have adopted it and benefited from it. Billerica citizens voted to adopt it on Election Day, November 8, 2016.  

For more information regarding the Act, visit the
Community Preservation Coalition website. Please, visit us on Facebook!

State Laws -
Town By-Law (Page 23) - 

Agendas & Minutes

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