Three New Communities Vote to Adopt CPA

November 5th, 2014: Voters in the state's sixth largest city, New Bedford, overwhelmingly approved CPA on election day, as did residents of the second largest community with CPA on the ballot, Arlington.  Two other CPA elections were also in the win column; Boxborough voted to adopt CPA, while Amherst voted to raise their CPA surcharge from 1.5% to 3%.  The success on election night brings the total number of CPA communities to 158.

CPA did not pass in five other communities on the ballot - Woburn, Newbury, Otis, Egremont, and Berkley.  Vote totals were extremely close in Woburn and Otis - our election results chart below shows just how close.

In the final CPA vote on election night, the town of Essex rejected an effort to raise their local surcharge from .5% to 1.5%.  Essex will remain one of only two communities in the state to have a CPA surcharge of under 1%; Northfield is the other.

Click here to view the new CPA statewide adoption map.

 

 

 

Communities Voting on CPA Adoption on 11-4-2014

City/Town Vote Tally Result Surcharge Exemptions
Arlington

Yes: 10034

No: 8476

 Pass 1.50% low income persons and low/moderate income seniors; the first $100,000 residential; the first $100,000 commercial
Berkley

Yes: 785

No: 1241

 Fail 1% low income persons and low/moderate income seniors; the first $100,000 residential
Boxborough

Yes: 1193

No: 823

 Pass 1% low income persons and low/moderate income seniors
Egremont

Yes: 254

No:  328

 Fail 3% low income persons and low/moderate income seniors; the first $100,000 residential
New Bedford

Yes: 8802

No: 7405

 Pass 1.50% low income persons and low/moderate income seniors; the first $100,000 residential; the first $100,000 commercial
Newbury

Yes: 1486  

No: 1635

 Fail 1.50% low income persons and low/moderate income seniors; the first $100,000 residential; the first $100,000 commercial
Otis

Yes: 263

No: 286

 Fail 3% low income persons and low/moderate income seniors; the first $100,000 residential; the first $100,000 commercial
Woburn

Yes: 6167

No: 6298

 Fail 1% low income persons and low/moderate income seniors; the first $100,000 residential; the first $100,000 commercial
  
  
Communities Voting on CPA Surcharge Increase on 11-4-2014

City/Town Vote Tally Result Surcharge Exemptions
Amherst

Yes: 3624

No: 3154

 Pass 1.5% to 3% no change
Essex

Yes: 499

No: 767

 Fail 0.5% to 1.5% no change
  
Further Resources

>> Read the Standard-Times' coverage of the New Bedford CPA election "New Bedford Voters Strongly Back Community Preservation."

>> Read the Daily Times Chronicle on Woburn advocates interest in trying again "CPA Backers Say They Will Try Again Soon."