Saying, “the Community Preservation Act (CPA) could generate millions of dollars for affordable family housing, open space and historic preservation”, Ward 7 alderman candidate Joan Whitney Puglia has announced her support for a city-wide referendum seeking adoption of the Act.
“For Ward 7, the CPA could provide funding to rehabilitate the baseball playing fields and tot-lot at Dilboy Field, both of which are in deplorable condition. Since allocation of CPA funds is in the sole discretion of the Board of Aldermen, I would make this one of my legislative priorities by submitting an order placing the CPA referendum before the voters on the November, 2012 state election ballot.
“If the voters adopt the CPA, Somerville would gain access to matching state funds. When combined with our local share, the city would generate millions of dollars for the creation and preservation of affordable family housing in just a few years. It would also allow the city to acquire, create, rehabilitate and preserve open space and historically significant resources,” said Whitney Puglia.
Adoption of the CPA by the voters authorizes the Board of Aldermen to levy a real estate surcharge, not to exceed three percent, for the creation and preservation of
affordable housing, open space and historic resources. Certain exemptions from the surcharge are allowed.
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