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May 8, 2013

Salem looking for CPA committee members

SALEM — City leaders are looking for volunteers to join Salem’s newly formed Community Preservation Act Committee.

The CPA pays for projects to create or improve recreation, open space, affordable housing or historic preservation through a property tax surcharge. Salem residents voted to adopt the CPA in November with a property tax surcharge of 1 percent.

Salem’s nine-member CPA Committee, created to consider potential CPA projects, will have four appointed members: two selected by the mayor and two selected by the City Council. The City Council could decide to have a councilor as one of its two appointees.

Residents interested in serving on the CPA Committee should contact City Hall by May 15.

Mayor Kim Driscoll said the goal is to have the entire committee in place for the start of fiscal year 2014, July 1, when the CPA takes effect in Salem.

The City Council will vote to give the final OK for the mayor’s two appointees.

Ideally, the appointees would have a background or experience in parks/recreation, conservation, historic preservation or affordable housing, but it’s not required, Driscoll said.

Towns that adopt the CPA must form a five- to nine-member board to review and recommend CPA projects for funding. By law, the first five members of a CPA committee must come from existing city boards: the Historical Commission, Parks and Recreation Board, Housing Authority, Conservation Commission, and Planning Board.

Salem has opted to add the four appointed members, bringing the committee up to nine.

The City Council voted final approval of the city’s new CPA ordinance on April 17.

The five CPA Committee members from existing city boards have yet to be named. The conservation, historical and other city boards will each choose their own representative to the committee.

Driscoll said the CPA Committee, once formed, will go through training on the ins and outs of the CPA.

Residents interested in being appointed to the CPA Committee are asked to submit their résumé and fill out a form of interest by May 15. For more information, see www.salem.com or call the mayor’s office at 978-745-9595.

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

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