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Concord, MA 01742
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CPA Funding Applications Received for Consideration at the 2014 Annual Town Meeting
Concord’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce that 9 applications have been received for potential consideration by the 2014 Annual Town Meeting for Community Preservation Act Funding. These projects address historic preservation, open space, community housing, and recreation priorities and total approximately $2.3 million in requested funds.
This year’s projects include the following:
Over the next few months, the CPC will review each of the proposed applications to determine which projects will be recommended for consideration at the 2014 Annual Town Meeting. This process will include a public hearing scheduled for Monday, November 18 at 7:30pm, which will provide an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the proposed projects and how they may address community housing, historic preservation, open space and recreation priorities in Concord. Public feedback on these applications is strongly encouraged. The CPC is anticipating that there will be approximately $1.3 million in Community Preservation Act funds available for appropriation by the 2014 Annual Town Meeting for these Concord projects.
The Community Preservation Act in Concord
WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT?
Established under M.G.L. c. 44B, the Community Preservation Act (CPA) allows Massachusetts cities and towns to raise monies through a surcharge of up to 3% of the tax levy on real property. These funds can be used to acquire, create and preserve open space; acquire, preserve, rehabilitate or restore historic resources; acquire, create, preserve and support community housing; and acquire and preserve land for recreational use. The Act also includes a significant State matching fund, which provided $26.2 million in matching funds to CPA communities last year and over $387 million to those communities to date. In addition to Concord, 148 cities and towns across the state have adopted the CPA to date.
HOW IS THE CPA USED IN CONCORD?
At the 2004 Annual Town Meeting and subsequently at the polls, Concord residents voted to adopt the CPA with a 1.5% surcharge on all real estate property tax bills. There are two exemptions, however, to this surcharge:
The CPA mandates that each fiscal year Concord must spend, or set aside for later spending, at least 10% of the annual revenues in the Town of Concord Community Preservation Fund for each of the three CPA interests: community housing, historic resources, and open space. Beyond these required allocations, Concord Town Meeting decides, based on the CPC’s recommendations, how much of the remaining 70% of the funds should be spent on the three purposes identified above or for recreation. The spending mix for the remaining 70% of the Fund can be modified each year, and any monies not appropriated remain in the Fund for future distribution.
WHERE DO THE CPA FUNDS COME FROM?
The funds available for spending each fiscal year are a combination of three sources:
What does the surcharge really mean to Concord taxpayers? The Assessor’s Department has calculated that in FY12, the median home in Concord had an assessed value of $677,900. After subtracting the CPA exemption for the first $100,000 of the taxable value of a residential property, and multiplying this number by the FY11 tax rate of $13.58 per $1000 of value, the median tax amount is $7,848. The 1.5% surcharge, then, for the median homeowner in Concord is $118.
Concord’s Community Preservation Committee
Following Concord's 2004 adoption of the Community Preservation Act, the Board of Selectmen established the Community Preservation Committee (CPC). As specified in the enabling legislation, the Committee is charged with the task of "studying the needs, possibilities, and resources of the town regarding community preservation." The areas of study are open space, community housing, historic preservation and recreation. The Committee is required to consult with town boards and commissions to ascertain the needs of the community and hold at least one public informational meeting per year. Finally, the Committee is to solicit applications for CPA projects and after review present funding recommendations to the citizens at Concord's Town Meeting.
The first task of the Committee was to write a Plan, which was completed in 2005 and has been reviewed and updated each subsequent summer. It includes the following sections:1) The CPA in Concord; 2) How CPA Funds can be Used; 3) Needs Assessments for Community Housing, Historic Preservation, Open Space, and Recreation; 4) General Selection Criteria; 5) Application Process; 6) Guidelines for Submission; 7) Application Requirements; 8) Application; 9) Funding Process and ten Appendices. The 2012 Community Preservation Plan is available on this webpage, at the Town libraries, and in the Planning Department at 141 Keyes Road.
In writing the Plan, the Committee received input from the Town's boards, commissions and officials. They also utilized the most recent Comprehensive Long Range Plan, the Open Space and Recreation Plan and the Playground Study. The Committee continues to update the Plan each year to meet the changing needs of the community.
(Updated June 19, 2012)