What is the CPA Surcharge and how is it shown on the tax Bill?

The 1% surcharge is based upon your real estate taxes (after a $100,000 exemption). For example:

  1. Your property is valued $500,000. The tax rate is $13.74 per $1,000. The real estate tax is: 500 times $13.74 = $6870.00.
  2. The surcharge is calculated by subtracting the $100,000 from the property value $500,000 minus $100,000 = $400,000.
  3. The CPA surcharge is: $400,000 times $13.74 (per $1,000) equals $5,496 1% times $5,496 equals $54.96.
  4. Your total taxes, including surcharge, would be $6,924.96.

It is shown on the tax bill as a separate item called “CPA Surcharge”.


Note: in 2022, the CPA surcharge will only appear on the 3rd and 4th quarter tax bills. Beginning August 2022, the CPA Surcharge will appear as 1/4 of your annual surcharge. Click Here to see a copy of a recent CPA Surcharge tax insert flyer.

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1. What is the Community Preservation Act (CPA)?
2. How are CPA funds allocated?
3. When was the Community Preservation Act adopted in Framingham?
4. What is the Community Preservation Committee (CPC)?
5. When does the CPC meet?
6. Can I ask to join the Community Preservation Committee?
7. Does the CPC have a Facebook page or Twitter account that I can follow?
8. How can I contact Community Preservation Committee with questions or feedback?
9. Where does the CPA money to fund projects come from?
10. What is the CPA Surcharge and how is it shown on the tax Bill?
11. What are Exemptions for the surcharge?
12. What is the Community Preservation Plan (CPP)?
13. What sort of projects are eligible for CPA funding?
14. Can CPA funds be used for any public project in Framingham?
15. Can CPA funds be used for private projects in Framingham?
16. Do any committees in Framingham automatically get awarded any CPA funds?
17. Can Community Preservation Committee members create or submit CPA projects?
18. When can I submit a project to request CPA funding be submitted?
19. What are the steps for submitting a Framingham CPA project?
20. Where do I find the Pre-Qualification and Application forms?
21. Will the Pre-Qualification and Application forms be available in other languages?
22. Will paper Pre-Qualification and Application forms be available?
23. If my project is rejected or not recommended for funding, can I resubmit it?
24. When can I submit Pre-Qualification forms?
25. When can I submit the full application form?
26. Who gives the final approval for CPA project funding requests?
27. What actions does the City Council take with the CPC recommended projects?