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Intro


YES on Question 5

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Intro


YES on Question 5

 

Question #5: Adopt the Community Preservation Act

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a smart growth tool that lets cities and towns in Massachusetts create a local dedicated Community Preservation fund for open space protection, historic preservation, community housing, and outdoor recreation projects. 

The choice to adopt CPA in Amesbury will be Question #5 on the November 2016 ballot.

It's a proven, consistent, and sustainable way to fund improvement projects

 
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The 3 categories of Preservation


THE 3
CATEGORIES
OF
PRESERVATION

Read the Preservation Blog

The 3 categories of Preservation


THE 3
CATEGORIES
OF
PRESERVATION

Read the Preservation Blog

 

OUTDOOR RECREATION    HISTORIC PRESERVATION    COMMUNITY HOUSING

 

CPA funds can be spent on any project falling into the 3 categories of preservation. Ten percent of the funds must be spent or reserved for each of the 3 categories. 

 

 

OUTDOOR RECREATION and Open Space

CPA funding can be used to create and improve our many parks, sports fields, and playgrounds, such as Landry Stadium, Cashman and Amesbury Elementary playgrounds, Town Park and even the skateboard park.

Funds can be used for building walking and cycling paths, and hiking trails. Funds can also be used to purchase land, either for preservation or for new recreation facilities such as soccer fields.

For example Newburyport used CPA funds to create, and later to improve their beautiful Rail Trail which runs from the Merrimack River to the MBTA station.

 

 
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HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Our city’s memorials and monuments and our treasured landmarks and historic spaces are what make Amesbury special. Local historic resources, from the Whittier Home and the Powder House to the future Amesbury Carriage Museum and the Bartlett Museum can all benefit from CPA funds.

Funding can also be used to improve and protect historic city facilities including Amesbury Public Library, and our aging City Hall, which started its life as an Opera House.

Our city is rich in history. Here area few more things CPA funds could support: Lowell's Boat Shop, Mary Baker Eddy Historic House, Macy Colby House, Captain's Well, Salisbury Point Station and Museum, Training Field Park, Rocky Hill Meeting House, The Friends Meeting House.

 

Community housing

Securing the long-term availability of affordable housing for families and seniors is an important part of preserving the character of Amesbury.

This can take many forms including funding construction, repurposing of existing structures, funding programs to provide grants, loans, rental assistance, security deposits, and even rehabilitation of existing homes.

 

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Details


ARE OTHER MA
COMMUNITIES
USING CPA?Yes, 161 others.

See The Map

Details


ARE OTHER MA
COMMUNITIES
USING CPA?Yes, 161 others.

See The Map

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Funding Sources


HOW IS
CPA FUNDING
GENERATED?

Funding Sources


HOW IS
CPA FUNDING
GENERATED?

CPA funds raised locally are matched by the state each year. The match varies based on a formula.

Local funds come from a 1% tax surcharge

1 penny on each dollar of property tax.

Amesbury residents and businesses will pay a 1% surcharge on local property tax bills, with an exemption for the first $100,000 of taxable value of residential real estate.

All low-income households, and low/moderate income senior households can apply for a full exemption. 

As an incentive, the state distributes annual matching funds from a statewide trust fund.

With local funding plus the state match, we estimate about $330,000 of funds would be available for CPA projects each year,

HOW MUCH WOULD CPA COST THE AVERAGE AMESBURY HOUSEHOLD?

Based on the 2016 average Amesbury home value ($321,289), the yearly average surcharge per household would total $45.

Want to know exactly what the CPA would cost you based on Amesbury's 2016 tax rate? We've prepared a simple tool to show you. 

 

Some interesting details:

  • Funds can be spent each year, or saved up from year to year.
  • CPA funds can be leveraged with other funding sources. (eg. matching money for grants)
  • Communities can issue bonds against their future CPA revenue.
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WHO DECIDES HOW CPA FUNDS ARE SPENT?

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WHO DECIDES HOW CPA FUNDS ARE SPENT?

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CPC


We all do!

CPC


We all do!

 

Community Preservation Committee

After adopting CPA, Amesbury would establish a Community Preservation Committee (CPC) made up of 9 Amesbury citizens. This committee will review community proposals for CPA funding and make recommendations to the City Council. 

 
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