Applications are due in three days to be considered for four city council-appointed seats on Boston’s Community Preservation Committee, which will make spending recommendations for Community Preservation Act funds.
About $20 million will be available each year starting in 2018, according to the City of Boston website, which will be allocated to local projects bolstering affordable housing, parks and open space improvements, and historic restoration.
Bostonians voted 74 percent in favor of instating the CPA in Nov. 2016. The city joined 172 municipalities around the Commonwealth that have passed the state law leveraging a small property tax surcharge to drum up a new revenue stream dedicated to those three categories.
A 1 percent property tax-based surcharge appeared on residential and business property tax bills in July, unless residents qualified for exemptions.
The city council picks four Boston residents to serve on a volunteer nine-person committee to review project proposals and suggest the best distribution of CPA funding. These four at-large committee appointments will include: one business person, an expert in one of three areas (historic preservation, open space, or affordable housing), and two who have a background of civic involvement.
Some of the committee responsibilities would include approving a Community Preservation Plan for Boston, regular meetings, participating in public hearings, reviewing proposed projects throughout the year, and making recommendations to the mayor and city council for approval.
An advisory group of locals is assisting with the city council's selection process.
For more information on committee member duties and to apply for consideration, visit the city’s CPA site.