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Residents will vote April 8 on the Community Preservation Act

Post Date: 03/16/2017 4:09 PM

At the Town Election on Saturday, April 8, Dedham voters will decide whether or not to approve the Community Preservation Act (CPA), a Massachusetts law that would enable Dedham to create and administer a Community Preservation Fund for historic preservation, affordable housing, outdoor recreation, and open space protection.

If the ballot question is approved by voters, the Town would establish a Community Preservation Committee to study community preservation needs and opportunities and make annual recommendations to Board of Selectmen for using any funds.

Money for the fund would be generated by a 1% property tax surcharge and a State matching program. Dedham is not currently eligible to receive State matching funds.

As of this date, 172 cities and towns across the Commonwealth participate in the CPA program, including the neighboring municipalities of Boston, Canton, Norwood, and Needham.

A presentation created by Selectman Dennis Teehan is available online

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