CPA Adoption Update: Chelsea on the Ballot

Chelsea advances CPA to November BallotMay 31, 2016:  Chelsea became the sixth community to advance CPA to the ballot this year after their City Council met on May 23rd. The City Council passed a unanimous vote in favor of CPA, and so Chelsea will now join the towns of Rockland, Hull, Norwood, and Danvers, as well as the city of Boston, in voting on CPA adoption during the November elections.

In Chelsea, voters will decide whether or not to adopt a 1.5% CPA surcharge for their community, with exemptions for the first $100,000 of residential property value, the first $100,000 of commercial property value, and low income and low and moderate income senior homeowners. With a 1.5% CPA surcharge and the aforementioned exemptions, Chelsea would raise approximately $557,000 in local CPA revenues annually for recreation, historic preservation, affordable housing and open space projects. Adopting CPA will also make the city eligible to receive annual distributions of funds from the statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund, monies that are available only to communities that have adopted the Act.

If Chelsea does adopt CPA, the funds could address a number of local needs including the creation of affordable housing, public parks, soccer fields, and other recreational spaces.

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