Worcester Voters Approve Community Preservation Act

 by Tom MarinoNovember 8, 2022
Last Updated November 9, 2022 6:24 AM

WORCESTER - Voters in Worcester have elected to join 189 Massachusetts communities, including 34 cities, in the Community Preservation Act. Voters approved the measure, ballot question five, with 18,976 (52.13%) voting yes and 17,426 (47.87%) voting no.

The question being affirmed will add a 1.5% surcharge to property taxes starting in July 2023. The funds will be held in a local trust fund and only eligible for Community Preservation Act eligible projects.

Eligible projects include:

  • Open Space Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Projects
  • Community Housing Projects
  • Open Space Agricultural Projects
  • Historic Projects

Funds are partially matched by state government funding. Projects are selected by a local board and require approval by relevant state agencies applicable to the project.

Prior to the 2022 election, communities that approved the Community Preservation Act represented 54% of municipalities and 66% of Massachusetts residents.

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