Easton Shovel Shop (credit Marc Belanger)
In This Issue
CPA Historic Preservation
CPA News: Trust Fund Update and HUD Limits
Bob Wagner Joins Steering Committee
Ames Shovel Shop, Easton
Partner Organizations 

CPA Update

December 20, 2012

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In this holiday edition of CPA Update, we explore the preservation of historic meeting houses, churches and other current and former religious buildings, a popular use of CPA funds. And we bring you all the latest news on CPA.

As always, we're grateful for all your efforts on behalf of Community Preservation in 2012!

Using CPA Funds for Historic Preservation 

 of Religious Buildings

North Parish Church, North Andover
One of the more frequent questions we receive on the Coalition technical assistance line is the eligibility of religious institutions to use CPA funding for historic preservation projects. We asked Attorney Todd Helwig, a member of the Coalition Steering Committee, to research the issues surrounding CPA-funded projects on churches and other religious structures.

Read on for the full analysis...

CPA News 

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Strong Collections Continue for CPA
Trust Fund
After suffering declines in year-over-year revenue early in 2012, the Massachusetts Community Preservation Trust Fund has made a strong comeback during the past nine months, capped by a 25% increase in collections for the month of November.

Read on for the full report on trust fund revenues...

2013 HUD Income Limits Released; CPA Limits Posted
The Cutler Heights front new 2013 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) income guidelines have been released. These figures are used by  CPA communities to determine eligibility for exemptions to the CPA surcharge, and the income limits for those who will occupy CPA-funded community housing developments. We've prepared a handy chart showing the new 2013 CPA limits for each community.

Click here to see the FY 2013 chart of income levels...

Coalition Steering Committee Elects Bob Wagner

Bob Wagner
The Community Preservation Coalition Steering Committee has elected Robert Wagner of Hatfield for the open "CPA Community Representative" position.  He joins Jeffrey Sacks of Newton, Todd Helwig of Northborough and Barry Rector of Nantucket as community representatives on the Steering Committee. Bob has served as the chair of the Hatfield CPC since the town adopted CPA in 2006. The Steering Committee welcomes his insights on both farmland preservation and Western Massachusetts issues.

Read on to learn more about Bob...
FEATURED PROJECT: Ames Shovel Shop, Easton

Historical Photo of the Shovel Shop (credit: Easton Historical Society) Years from now, Easton residents enjoying a vibrant downtown may not know that they have the historic Ames Shovel Shop CPA project to thank for their beautiful town center. But that's a fact Selectwoman Colleen Corona won't soon forget, considering that the town's investment of CPA funds in the historic preservation and community housing portions of the development led to many other improvements downtown. 


Read on about this wonderful mixed-use CPA project... 


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