Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was created by a state law (MGL Chapter 44B) to help cities and towns preserve the character of their community. In 2002, Cambridge residents voted to adopt the CPA which allowed a 3% surcharge on Property Tax bills to fund affordable housing, open space, and historic preservation projects.
Through 2014, $131 million dollars has been allocated for Cambridge CPA projects, including $105 million for affordable housing initiatives, $13 million for historical preservation projects and $13 million for open space projects. To date, the City has received $44 million in state matching funds, $75 million from local surcharges and $12 million from the CPA fund balance.
2014 CPA MEETINGS
- Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor conference rm.
Public Meeting on project recommendations.
- Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave., 1st floor ballroom
Public Hearing on allocation category percentages.
- Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM
City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave., Ackermann Room
Committee Meeting to vote on percent allocation of CPA expenditure categories.
Chair - Lisa Peterson,
Deputy City Manager
Principal Budget Analyst - Angela Pierre
Budget Office - 617-349-4267
Sr. Management Analyst - Karen Preval
City Manager's Office - 617-349-4221
795 Massachusetts Ave
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