Community Preservation Committee

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Membership

The Community Preservation Committee shall consist of nine members appointed by the Selectmen for staggered three year terms.  One member each from the Conservation Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board, Selectmen (acting as Park Commissioners), Housing Partnership, Recreation Commission and Housing Authority shall be required.

Responsibilities

The Community Preservation Committee shall perform duties required of the committee as outlined in Section 5 of the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44B, including study of community preservation needs, communicating with other municipal boards and committees, holding public informational hearings, and making funding recommendations to Town Meeting.

Bedford became the first community to pass the Community Preservation Act (CPA).  This program creates a surcharge on property taxes and allows us to get matching funds for open spaces, affordable housing and historic preservation. The money must be divided among projects having to do with open space, affordable housing and historic preservation.  At least 10% of the money must be spent on each of those types of projects, and the balance is spent per the determination of the Community Preservation Committee.

Bedford chose to pass the 3% surcharge. Which means that for the assessed value of your house above $100,000 you pay an additional 3% of your tax bill (not your tax rate).  This money is then pooled together and matched by the state.

We have received a 100% match from the state from FY02 - FY07. The current match is not yet know.

There are exceptions from the CPA for people with limited incomes. For more information please contact the Assessor's office.

Board Members

Name Title
Robin Steele 2017, Recreation
Christina Wilgren 2017, BHP
Vacancy 2017
Donald Corey 2019, HPC
Steven Hagan 2019, Concom
Robert Schmalz Bedford Housing Authority member, 2018
Shawn Hanegan 2018, Planning Board
Maggie Debbie 2018, At-Large
Margot R. Fleischman 2019, Selectmen Member
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