Preservation Act Heading To Pittsfield’s November Ballot
Come November, Pittsfield will vote on whether to enroll in a program designed to preserve historic buildings and promote restoration.The city council on Tuesday unanimously approved placing adoption of the Community Preservation Act on November’s ballot. Adoption would add a 1 percent surcharge to tax bills to support preservation and restoration projects. It would mean a $14 annual increase for the average Pittsfield homeowner. Councilor John Krol voiced support in July.
“The Springside House and many other historic buildings that may be able to be reused in a variety of ways,” Krol said during a city council ordinance and rules committee meeting.
With an average 30 percent state match, it’s estimated nearly half a million dollars would be raised each year for preservation.