Voters overwhelmingly approved a one percent Community Preservation Act (CPA) surcharge and re-elected two incumbents in yesterday’s election.
The CPA passed with a vote of 1,042 to 386, according to Town Clerk Joan Wordell. A similar measure failed at the polls by less than 100 votes in 2002.
Yesterday's vote won’t cost homeowners anything for the next five years, however, because town officials have said they will initially stock the new CPA fund with the proceeds of a recent $2.75 million land sale. Without that money, the CPA would have cost the average homeowner $36 annually. CPA funds can be used to preserve open space and historic sites, and to create affordable housing and recreational facilities.
Voters also re-elected Santino Parente and Carl Leeber to the Board of Selectmen with votes of 1,167 and 933 respectively. Challenger Cipriano Pinto garnered 629 votes.
-- Jennifer Rosinski
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