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Welcome to the website of the CPA Seekonk Committee

THANK YOU SEEKONK!

On a very rainy and windy Monday -- Seekonk voters said YES to the Community Preservation Act - a measure that will allow our town to create a dedicated fund to preserve our open space and historical assets and to create outdoor recreational areas and affordable housing opportunities. In this tough economy, the adoption of the CPA is a true testament of Seekonk residents' commitment to our community and making it a great place to live. Thank you Seekonk!! April 6, 2009

The CPA Seekonk Committee is a group of Seekonk residents promoting the adoption of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in Seekonk.

The CPA Seekonk Committee extends our thanks to the following groups and individuals for their support: Representative Steve D'Amico, Seekonk Human Services, Seekonk Land Conservation Trust, Seekonk Historical Commission, Runnins River Watershed Steering Committee, The Trustees of Reservations, and Massachusetts Audubon Society.

WHY DOES SEEKONK NEED THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT?

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is legislation passed in Massachusetts in 2000 that:
  • ESTABLISHES A DEDICATED FUND FOR OPEN SPACE AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND COMMUNITY HOUSING
  • CREATES RECREATIONAL FIELDS, WALKING AND BICYCLE PATHS
  • PRESERVES AND PROTECTS FORESTS, FARMLAND, AND WATER SUPPLIES
  • PROTECTS THE CHARACTER OF SEEKONK AND ITS HISTORIC PLACES
  • HELPS KEEP TAXES LOW BY PROVIDING STATE MATCHING FUNDS FOR PROJECTS WE ALREADY DO AND BY SLOWING THE DEMAND FOR INCREASED MUNICIPAL SERVICES

WHAT WILL IT COST?

The town's contribution is funded by a 1.25% surcharge on real estate property tax. The first $100,000 of assessed residential value is exempt. For the average home in Seekonk valued at $343,000, the cost is about $29 per year. That's only $7.25 per quarter, or $2.41 per month.

THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT DOES NOT CHANGE THE TAX RATE, TAX LEVY, OR TAX LIMIT!

WHO IS EXEMPT?

Exemptions from the surcharge are available for low-income households, and low or moderate-income seniors.

The following worksheet link provides the low and moderate income guidelines for each community in the Commonwealth. Seekonk has adopted the low and low and moderate income senior exemptions to the CPA surcharge and these are the figures that are used to determine whether an individual or family qualifies for these exemptions. The worksheet contains the federal HUD income guidelines, which are the same ones used to determine eligibility for these CPA exemptions. To access this document, CLICK HERE.

WHO DECIDES HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT?

YOU DO! All expenditures must be approved at Town Meeting. A Seekonk Community Preservation Committee is formed, and proposes projects after consulting with other town committees and holding public hearings.

WHICH TOWNS HAVE PASSED THE CPA AND AT WHAT SURCHARGE RATE?

Over one third of Massachusetts communities have passed CPA, including Swansea @1.5%, Dartmouth @1.5%, Bridgewater @ 2%, Fairhaven @2%, Mattapoisett @1%, and Westport @ 2%. …IF WE DON'T JOIN THEM WE LOSE OUR SHARE OF THE STATE'S MATCHING FUNDS! Projected Seekonk CPA revenue would be over $250,000, which would be matched up to 100% by the state annually.

VOTE YES FOR CPA!

 
 

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