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November 12, 2012

CPA: What's next for Salem, Beverly

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“I’m very excited and happy that we’re having this dialogue,” she added.

Five percent of the CPA money collected by a municipality can be used to cover administrative costs; some cities use this to create and hire a department to manage CPA projects.

Northcutt is director of the Salem Community Preservation Alliance, a group of volunteers that includes Driscoll. Professionally, he is director of the North Shore Community Development Coalition, which develops and manages affordable housing in Salem and Beverly.

Northcutt said the alliance will continue to be involved as committees are formed. Members of the group may be interested in being on a CPA committee, and several already sit on the applicable city boards, he said.

“We’d like to see it done right away,” Northcutt said. “We plan to be engaged in the process. I know there’s a lot of people interested in seeing this come through.”

In both cities, the CPA tax surcharge will be 1 percent.

Exemptions will be made for homeowners who qualify for low-income housing and for seniors who qualify for low- or moderate-income housing.

In all cases, the first $100,000 of property valuation is exempt from the surcharge. For example, the CPA surcharge would be applied only to $200,000 of a building assessed at $300,000.

“Today it’s a day to accept the fact that (the CPA) passed,” Scanlon said following the election. “Over the course of time, we’ll be able to do very worthwhile things that we wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.”

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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