Pittsfield Community Preservation Committee - Public Input Survey

The Pittsfield Community Preservation Committee (CPC) needs assistance in defining and evaluating goals and priorities related to the use of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds.

Pittsfield voters adopted the CPA in 2016, placing a 1% surcharge on property tax bills that will fund projects that include Historic Preservation, Community Housing, Open Space and Recreation.  The first year of the surcharge is estimated to collect $420,000.  The Pittsfield CPC is preparing a plan that will guide the future use of CPA funds.  As part of this process, this survey is one of multiple attempts to solicit public feedback on community goals and priorities.

This survey will be open until November 20, 2017.

For more information on the CPC, please visit the City website here.  You can also visit the Community Preservation Coalition website for more information on the Community Preservation Act.

Please feel free to direct questions or comments to CJ Hoss at choss@cityofpittsfield.org.

* 1. Massachusetts law requires that at least 10% of CPA funds be spent in three groupings: Historic Preservation, Community Housing and Open Space/Recreation.  Please indicate what proportion of CPA funds you would like dedicated to each topic area:

  10% (required minimum) 11-25% 33% (even distribution) >50%
Historic Preservation
Community Housing
Open Space/Recreation

* 2. Historic Preservation - CPA funds can be used for acquisition, preservation, or restoration of historic resources such as buildings, artifacts, or other objects that are significant to the City's history.  Please mark your level of support for the use of CPA funds to:

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree No preference
a. Preserve city-owned historic buildings and sites.
b. Preserve privately owned historical buildings and sites, with a requirement that the historic features be permanently preserved.
c. Protect and enhance public access to historical documents, records, and artifacts.

* 3. Community Housing - CPA funds can be used to create, preserve, or provide access to community housing.  Through the CPA program, community housing refers to residential units that are reserved for those that make the area median income.  In Pittsfield, the area median income for a single person is $51,030.  Community housing also includes the more traditional term of affordable housing, which is typically designated for those making 80% of the area median income, which in Pittsfield is $44,800.  Please mark your level of support for the use of CPA funds for the following:

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree No preference
a. Help residents access housing (for example, this could be a program that helps with first time homebuyer downpayments).
b. Increase support of creating new housing.
c. Preserve existing housing.

* 4. Open Space and Recreation - CPA funds can be used for the acquisition of land to preserve as open space or to create or rehabilitate outdoor recreation facilities. Please mark your level of support for the use of CPA funds for the following:

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree No preference
a. Protect open space from new development.
b. Create new recreation facilities.
c. Improve access to open space.
d. Improve access to recreation
e. Improve existing recreational facilities.

* 5. How long have you lived in Pittsfield?

* 6. What is your age?

* 7. Do you have children under age 18 living in your household?

* 8. What is your household income?

* 9. Which City Ward do you live in?                                                                               Ward Map

* 10. What do you see as specific needs in Pittsfield that can be addressed with CPA funds?

* 11. Are there any specific projects that you would support funding through CPA?

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