Modest Program on Community Preservation Agenda

September 2, 2022

The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to host a Zoom public hearing Wednesday, September 7 at 7:10 p.m. on its fall program and plan.

But there’s no reason to change your plans for later in the evening.

Committee Chair Lauren Crews said Thursday that she expects the committee to consider only two supplemental proposals to be decided at the November 14 Special Town Meeting. Thursday was the deadline for additional proposals.

Crews said there will be a request for additional funds needed to install lighting at the middle school tennis courts that are popular for pickleball, as well as an appropriation for continuing preservation of early town records.

Also on the committee agenda, following the hearing, is preparation for a special town meeting article that would reconfirm the annual community preservation surcharge of three percent of the property tax bill.

This confirmation has been presented annually, since the town became the first in the state to adopt the community preservation provisions in 2001.

Three percent is the maximum assessment allowed under the law. If Town Meeting reduced the percentage, the change would require ratification at the town election next March to take effect.

Local community preservation funds – a percentage of which is matched by state money – can be used only for affordable housing, open space and recreation, and historic preservation.

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