The hard work and dedication of many supporters of community preservation across the Commonwealth has brought the Community Preservation Act closer than ever to securing additional funding for participating communities and updates which make the CPA more adaptable to the needs of those communities.
As part of the budget process, both houses of our legislature have passed the full CPA legislation, including an increase in the funding for the statewide CPA Trust Fund. The House and Senate bills are identical except in their funding mechanisms. The Senate version provides for a one-time $5 million appropriation to the CPA Trust Fund, while the House grants a $25 million recurring sum from the annual state budget surplus. During June, a conference committee will work to resolve these differences. CPA supporters, including The Trustees of Reservations, will continue to press for a meaningful, sustainable increase in funding for the statewide CPA Trust Fund.
CPA advocates are grateful to the lead Senate sponsor of the CPA legislation, Cynthia Stone Creem, and to Senate President Therese Murray, Ways and Means Chairman Stephen Brewer, and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr. Citizen CPA supporters from across the Commonwealth have continually communicated the importance of CPA to their legislators, who have rallied to support this program which has had such a positive impact on the more than 145 communities which have elected to participate.
Published June 2012
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