Nov. 8 is fast approaching and it is time to make a commitment to vote yes on Question 5 – the Community Preservation Act. By not voting yes in 2005 we have lost $15 million that could have been used for historic preservation, parks and recreation facilities, and low income housing in Watertown.
Our community has been contributing to the State Registry of Deeds which is the basis of CPA funding – but has received nothing in return. The surcharge on your tax bill is 2 percent of your real estate tax – $10 a month for the average household. Low-income seniors and households are exempt from the surcharge.
The rewards for our town are enormous. With so much development happening here, we want to preserve the character of Watertown, what makes it special to each of us. We can preserve the history of the neighborhoods, keep the green space that we have and add to it, and make sure our children and grandchildren can live here by providing affordable housing.
One hundred sixty one (161) communities in Massachusetts have taken advantage of the CPA – and every one of the towns surrounding Watertown is on board. This year the CPA is on the ballot in Boston. More towns are joining and none has ever withdrawn. Let’s make sure this year that Watertown votes to be part of the CPA! (www.investinwatertown.org)