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Community Preservation Committee Seeks Residents’ Ideas for Projects

At each town meeting, the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) brings financing proposals to the people of Ashland for approval. However, before a project reaches town meeting, the CPC must evaluate and review it to decide if it meets the funding and merit criteria before it can move forward.
The CPC will holding meetings on Wednesday, August 6 and Tuesday, September 2 at 6:30 pm at the lower level of Town Hall, 101 Main St. If you wish to tell us how you would like Ashland’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) monies to be spent, have an idea for a project, or want to hear about pending proposals, please attend one of these upcoming meetings. We very much want to hear from you.
The CPA is a legislative tool that helps communities preserve and protect open space and historic resources, create and support community-housing initiatives, and develop outdoor recreational opportunities.
The CPA statute allowed Ashland to create a local Community Preservation Fund in order to finance projects within these areas through a surcharge of the tax levy against real property. Fund monies are also raised through fees collected at the Registry of Deeds and through a transfer of state surplus funds, and are distributed each year amongst CPA communities by the state.
Since property taxes traditionally fund the day-to-day operating needs of public health and safety, schools, roads, maintenance, and the like, there was no steady funding source for preserving and improving a community’s character, history, and quality of life before the CPA was enacted.
Since its adoption in 2002, Ashland’s CPA fund has collected over $12.5 million. The funds have allowed the community to finance a number of projects that include development of the high school athletic fields complex; purchase of Warren Woods; improvements to playing fields at the Middle, Mindess and Warren schools and at Stone Park; replacement of the historic clocks on top of the Warren Telechron Building; renovation of town hall and the public library; creation of the community gardens at Stone Park; construction of a new parking area for the Town Forest; preservation of historic town documents; funding for the Affordable Housing Trust; creation of a historic home plaque program, and so much more!
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by By Beth Rosenblum, CPC Chair