Community Preservation Committee
Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a Massachusetts law that establishes a local community preservation fund for open space protection, historic rehabilitation, affordable housing and outdoor recreation in the city of Holyoke. Approved by voters in 2016, funds for the program are generated through a surcharge of up to 3 percent on property tax bills (Holyoke voters adopted a 1.5% surcharge), and an annual disbursement from the statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund, which distributes funds each November to CPA communities. The program is led by the Community Preservation Act Committee (CPAC), a nine-member volunteer committee with the support of a staff member.
The CPAC has several important functions: to receive project requests, to evaluate community needs in the areas for which CPA funding can be used, and to make recommendations to the City Council for the use of CPA funds. CPA funds cannot be appropriated or spent without the recommendation of the CPAC and subsequent approval by the City Council. In the process of determining how CPA funds are to be used, the CPAC consults with various committees that are knowledgeable about each of the community preservation program areas, and holds public hearings to gathers input from Holyoke residents.
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The Community Preservation Act Committee meeting minutes are located on our Google Drive for anyone to view. They are in pdf format and may be downloaded.
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CPA Committee Members and Staff
Elaine Pluta, Chair, Citizen-at-large (appointed)
Mike Falcetti, Vice-Chair, Housing Authority Commission Representative
Mimi Panitch, Secretary, Planning Board Representative
Andrew McMahon, Treasurer, Citizen-at-large (appointed)
Kip Foley, Citizen-at-large (appointed)
Rosemary Arnold, Conservation Commission Representative
Marco Crescentini, Historical Commission Representative
Mike Sullivan, City Councilor
Libby Hernandez, Parks & Recreation Commission Representative
Amy Landau, Project Manager
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Posted on November 26, 2018 by cityadmin