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The Community Preservation Act (hereinafter "The Act") establishes a dedicated funding source to enable cities and towns to: (1) acquire, create and preserve open space, including land for parks, recreational uses and conservation areas; (2) acquire, preserve, rehabilitate, and restore historic resources, such as historic community buildings and artifacts; (3) acquire, create, preserve, rehabilitate and restore land for recreational use, including parks, playgrounds and athletic fields; (4) acquire, create, preserve and support community housing to help meet local families' housing needs; and (5) rehabilitate or restore open space and community housing that is acquired or created as provided in this section.

In the City of Somerville, the funding source for these community preservation purposes will be a surcharge of 1.5% on the annual property tax assessed on real property beginning in Fiscal Year 2014, other local funds committed by the Board of Aldermen for community preservation purposes subject to the limitations in section 3(b)1/2 of Chapter 44B, and annual distributions made by the state from a trust fund created by the Act. If approved, the following will be exempt from the surcharge: (1) property owned and occupied as a domicile by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low or moderate income senior housing in Somerville as defined in Section 2 of the Act; (2) $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of residential real property; and (3) $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of class 3, commercial property and class 4, industrial property as defined in Section 2A of Chapter 59. A taxpayer receiving a regular property tax abatement or exemption will also receive a pro rata reduction in the surcharge.

Upon acceptance of the Act by the voters, a Community Preservation Committee will be establish by ordinance to study community preservation needs, possibilities and resources, and to make annual recommendations to the Board of Aldermen for approval on spending the funds. At least 10% of the funds for each fiscal year will be spent or reserved for later spending on each of the Act's three community preservation purposes: (1) open space, (2) historic resources, and (3) community housing.

2012 Nov 6 :: City of Somerville :: Question 4 :: Local MeasureShall the City of Somerville accept Sections 3 to 7, inclusive, of Chapter 448 of the General Laws, as approved by its legislative body, a summary of which appears below?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
24,616
7,742
3,132
32,358
35,490
Precinct 1
 
693
275
153
968
1,121
Precinct 2
 
748
363
140
1,111
1,251
Precinct 3
 
627
328
140
955
1,095
Precinct 1
 
1,151
301
121
1,452
1,573
Precinct 2
 
1,512
339
154
1,851
2,005
Precinct 3
 
1,330
356
126
1,686
1,812
Precinct 1
 
1,167
346
144
1,513
1,657
Precinct 2
 
1,295
358
147
1,653
1,800
Precinct 3
 
1,426
359
161
1,785
1,946
Precinct 1
 
711
374
162
1,085
1,247
Precinct 2
 
835
322
140
1,157
1,297
Precinct 3
 
960
379
151
1,339
1,490
Precinct 1
 
1,207
450
137
1,657
1,794
Precinct 2
 
1,257
396
152
1,653
1,805
Precinct 3
 
1,536
413
131
1,949
2,080
Precinct 1
 
1,650
421
156
2,071
2,227
Precinct 2
 
1,552
397
147
1,949
2,096
Precinct 3
 
1,141
274
148
1,415
1,563
Precinct 1
 
1,457
468
144
1,925
2,069
Precinct 2
 
1,226
346
180
1,572
1,752
Precinct 3
 
1,135
477
198
1,612
1,810
Totals
 
24,616
7,742
3,132
32,358
35,490