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Springfield's CPA budget grows to $2.6 million for 2023

skyline of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts
Paul Tuthill
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WAMC
The Community Preservation Act funds projects having to do with historic preservation, open space, recreation and housing with monies that come from a surcharge on property tax bills.

Rising real estate values mean more money for the program

The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has approved a $2.6 million budget for the Community Preservation Act for the 2023 fiscal year.

It is an increase of about $400,000 over the budget authorized this year for the program that funds projects for historic preservation, open space, recreation, and housing.

Monies for the CPA come from a surcharge on residential property tax bills.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Bob McCarroll, chairman of the Springfield Community Preservation Committee.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.