Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Community Preservation Act: Frequently Asked Questions - answered by CPAForFranklin

Question of the Day: 
"Is there really any open space left to save in Franklin?"
Question of the Day: 
 “I don’t mind paying more on my taxes for saving open space, but I don’t want to pay more for the other uses. If money raised gets split up, will it really ever be enough to do anything with?”
Question of the day:
"Does adopting the CPA mean there will be an additional tax when I sell my home?"
Question of the day: 
"How is the CPA amount calculated? Will the CPA surcharge be figured as 2% of my property value under the CPA?"
Question of the Day: 
"Doesn’t the Town have enough affordable housing for those who need it?"
Question of the Day: 
“How many communities have adopted the CPA? And have any revoked it?”
Question of the Day:  
How is the allocation of local funds prioritized? 
Questions of the Day:  
1 - Who decides how Franklin’s CPA funds would be spent? 
2 - How will Franklin decide which projects will be funded?


If you have a question about how the Community Preservation Act (CPA) works, please email  
As additional questions are asked and answered they will be posted to the page here


  1. What percentage of the funds go toward open spaces?

    1. a minimum of 10% each year goes into three buckets (1) open space/recreation (2) historic preservation (3) housing. The balance accumulates until allocated for one or more projects. An example of such is in the following answer to another question