April 28, 2016 Mayor Walsh Endorses Community Preservation Act for November Ballot in Boston
Efforts by a coalition of historic preservation, open space and affordable housing advocates to approve the Community Preservation Act for Boston were bolstered this week by Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s endorsement of the measure that will likely appear on the November ballot.
This is an important development in the broad-based effort to institute a 1% surcharge on real estate in the City of Boston that would constitute an annual fund for investments in open space, preservation and housing initiatives. The measure could potentially raise $16.5 million annually and would be matched by additional state funds.
In addition to the Walsh Administration’s active support of the CPA, leadership from the Boston City Council-specifically Councilors Michael Flaherty and Andrea Campbell-have spearheaded the Council’s analysis of the measure. The Council will vote soon on the request to place CPA on the fall ballot.
HBI has been actively working with housing, preservation and open space partners on “Yes for a Better Boston”, the campaign that is working to advance CPA. If you are interested in supporting the campaign or would like more information, visit www.yesforabetterboston.org.