Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act was adopted by Salem voters in 2012. The act established a local dedicated fund, financed by a voter-approved property tax surcharge and matching funds from the statewide CPA Trust Fund to undertake open space, historic preservation, outdoor recreation and community housing projects.
The implementation of the act is done by the Community Preservation Committee, which is composed on representatives from the city's Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Planning Board, Park & Recreation Commission and Salem Housing Authority along with appointees from the mayor and City Council.
To find out more about the CPA in Salem, follow this link:
Salem's CPA funding has made it possible to create 88 units of affordable housing, to preserve, restore of improve 17 historic resources, to assess, design, create or renovate 9 playgrounds, to assist with 11 recreation projects, according to Mayor Kim Driscoll.