Over the past several years, Peabody has used about $10 million in CPA money to conserve about 80 acres of land; buy or rehabilitate almost four dozen affordable-housing units; fix up City Hall and the library; and build or repair climbing walls, playgrounds, parks and bike trails. The land for the park memorializing two local victims of the 9/11 attack was purchased with CPA money.
“Looking at my own taxes, for under $20 per year, I see all the great things we’ve done, and it’s a no-brainer,” Peabody City Councilor Tom Gould told reporter Jesse Roman earlier this month. “I’m glad that Peabody got on board.”
In Beverly, supporters say CPA money could be used to rehabilitate the carriage house at Lynch Park, preserve the 1812 powder house on Prospect Hill, control invasive species and restore natural habitats, and save historic city records.
In Salem, money could go toward City Hall renovations, Winter Island projects and the Salem Common fence restoration.
Projects such as these separate vibrant communities from tired ones.
That’s a lot of return on an investment of $2.50 a month.