CPA ballot measures pass in 7 out of 8 communities on historic election day, 2008

Voters in seven new communities approved CPA ballot measures yesterday, including in the cities of Gloucester and West Springfield, and the towns of Northfield, Royalston, Shutesbury, Swansea, and Whately. This brought the total number of CPA communities to 140 statewide. Voters in Amherst chose not to increase that community's CPA surcharge from 1.5% to 3%, after approving an increase from 1% to 1.5% two years ago.