Several Massachusetts towns have used their CPA funds to leverage federal, state or private grants. Easthampton got matching funds of $50,000 to restore town hall. West Bridgewater quadrupled (x4) their CPA money with federal and state grants worth more than $1.2 million for a project at Anderson Farm. Hampden and Newton roughly quintupled (x5) their CPA funds to preserve 166 acres of open space and build elderly housing, respectively. Grafton pulled in $1.85 million in federal, state and private funds to complement $250,000 in CPA money for open space and historic preservation projects. And Peabody funded a rail-trail project with $162,000 in CPA money and $1.36 million in federal grant funds.
Massachusetts towns participating in CPA have funded more than 4,000 historic preservation projects and more than 1,500 outdoor recreation projects, preserved more than 23,000 acres of open space, and created or preserved more than 9,400 units of affordable housing.
The CPA4Norwood Committee met at 59 Beech Street at 7:30 to discuss future events and promote the Community Preservation Act leading up to the November election.
The Norwood Planning Board will host an informational meeting on October 12th at 7:30 PM at the Norwood Civic Center. It is open to the public.
John Hall will represent the Pro side for the ballot question at the League of Women Voters meeting presentation of candidates and issues. The date has not been announced.
A presentation at the Senior Center will be scheduled close to the election date.
Lawn signs and bumper stickers are available and a preliminary date for the middle of October for starting the sign campaign was discussed.
A number of misconceptions about the act have been voiced and the ability to address those was discussed. One of the most common is that rental property will have to pay the commercial rate, but this isn’t true. The 1% is based on the actual tax rate paid.
The next meeting will be held October 6 at 7:30PM at 59 Beech Street.