Sunday, September 28, 2014

Public Forum Community Preservation Act Committee -- 9/30

This is your community— Have a voice in how its resources are used!

Community Preservation Act Committee Public Forum
Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 pm
, Town Room, Amherst Town Hall

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The CPA Committee is developing a prioritization plan for the use of Community Preservation Act funds and is seeking public input and guidance.

Massachusetts’ Community Preservation Act allows towns to raise money to support open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing and outdoor recreation. Funds are raised locally through a surcharge against real property (currently, in Amherst, set at 1.5% of the tax levy) and matched with additional distributions from a statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund.   

Since 2001, Amherst has raised over $3M locally and received nearly $2M in state matching funds. CPA funds have helped Amherst:
• Protect hundreds of acres of land for conservation, recreation, and farming.
• Contribute to the creation of almost 50 units of new affordable housing and help maintain our existing affordable housing.
• Support dozens of preservation efforts protecting the town’s historic sites, buildings, documents, and artifacts.
• Develop athletic fields and improve facilities at the town’s recreation areas.

The CPA Committee is charged with annually updating the plan which guides funding recommendations to Town Meeting, and public participation is important. The committee will be listening carefully at this forum to learn your priorities for funding future projects.

Please join us to let us know your thoughts.

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 (This is not a school or PGO-sponsored event).