Community Preservation Committee
The Act establishes a Community Preservation Fund financed by property tax surcharges and matching revenues from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Act provides new funding sources which can be used to address core community concerns:
- acquire and preserve open space, parks and conservation land,
- protect public drinking water supplies, and scenic areas,
- protect farmland and forests from future development,
- restore and preserve historic properties,
- help meet local families’ housing needs.
This gives the community the opportunity to determine its priorities, plan for its future, and have the funds to make those plans happen. A Community Preservation Committee composed of local citizens will make recommendation on the use of the funds.
In the May 2007, election Littleton voters passed a ballot question that allowed for a 1% surcharge on a homeowner's property tax bill after the first $100,000 is exempted. Exemptions are also available for those qualifying for low-income housing or low/moderate income senior housing. Contact the Assessor's Office for more information about the surcharge or see the Surcharge and Exemption tab below.
The State provides matching funds created by a filing fee surcharge at the Registry of Deeds created specifically for the CPA.
The money, kept in a separate CPA account by the town, must be spent for the purposes detailed above. Each category must receive a minimum of 10% of CPA funds annually. The remaining funds may be used for any one of the categories or split up amongst them as the town sees fit.
Blended CPA Funds
In 2014, Littleton became the first Town in the Commonwealth to accept the so-called "blended" Community Preservation Act. By adoption of the Blended CPA, the Town's one percent (1%) CPA property tax surcharge can be augmented by municipal revenues up to the equivalent of another two percent (2%), which increases the base for CPA state matching funds.
Surcharge and Exemptions
If you are a Littleton homeowner age 60 or older you may be eligible for an exemption from your Community Preservation Act (CPA) property tax surcharge if you meet certain basic criteria:
Household size / Income Limit (60 or older)
1 person / $83,300
2 persons / $95,200
3 persons / $107,100
4 persons / $119,000
Household size / Income Limit
1 person / $66,640
2 persons / $76,160
3 persons / $85,680
4 persons / $95,200
The deadline to file for the CPA Exemption is April 1. Contact the Assessor's office for more information.about the CPA surcharge.
|Statutory||M.G.L. c.44B, §5|
|Town Code||§ 14-1. Membership of the Committee. consisting of nine (9) voting members pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L., c.44B, §5as follows: one member of the Conservation Commission as designated by said Commission; one member of the Historical Commission as designated by said Commission; one member of the Planning Board as designated by said Board; one member of the Park and Recreation Commissioners, as designated by said Commissioners; one member of the Littleton Housing Authority as designated by said Authority; one member of the Finance Committee, as designated by said committee and three individuals to be appointed by the Select Board. Each member of the Committee shall serve for a term of three years or until the person no longer serves in the position or on the board or committee.|
|Town Meeting||Adopted 11-5-2007 STM, Art. 8, Amended 11-12-2014 STM, Art.10|
|Carolyn Mueller||Chair||Citizen at Large||06/30/2026|
|Andrew Sammarco||Vice Chair||Conservation||No expiration date|
|Timothy Wanzer||Clerk||Citizen at Large||06/30/2025|
|Sam Bell||Citizen at Large||06/30/2026|
|Geraldine Bertozzi||Finance Committee||06/30/2025|
|Solomon Marini||Park & Recreation||No expiration date|
|Jeffrey Yates||Planning Board||06/30/2024|
|Bartlett Harvey||Housing Authority||No expiration date|