Home buyers interested in moving to Columbia, MD all have one important question at the top of their list:
What is the CPRA fee and what does it include?
Columbia, MD is a planned community in the heart of Howard County, MD which was founded by James Rouse in the 1960s.
It is made up of 9 villages - each with its own village center - and a town center (including the Mall of Columbia and Lake Kittamaqundi), and offers more than 3,500 acres of green space, almost 100 miles of walking/jogging/biking paths, lakes with fishing and boating piers, community centers, interfaith centers and a variety of recreational facilities.
Many newcomers wrongly assume that all of the above are included in the CPRA (Columbia Parks and Recreation Association) fee.
The CPRA fee is an annual charge based on 50% of the property values as established by the State Department of Assessment and Taxation. It is a lien that is recorded with the deed and is due in addition to the property tax and any subdivision HOA dues. It funds the association's operations as well as the town's amenities (parks, trails, tot lots etc.).
In order to enjoy the many recreational facilities (outdoor pools & swim center, athletic clubs and group fitness, golf clubs, tennis, skate park and ice rink) residents have to join the CA (Columbia Association). Although membership is not limited to Columbia residents, those could benefit from a discounted rate.
Columbia, MD consistently ranks in the Top 10 Best Places To Live (CNN Money)