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Comment on revised guidelines for funding

The city’s Community Preservation Committee  is seeking public comment on a proposed rewriting of its funding guidelines that would start in the 2014 fiscal year. Under the state’s Community Preservation Act program, which allows communities to levy a surcharge on property taxes to pay for certain affordable housing, historical resources, open space, and recreation projects, the committee recommends proposals for funding; the Board of Aldermen has the final say on how the money, which includes a state matching grant, is spent each year. The committee announced that it hopes residents, officials, and city staff will comment on the draft guidelines, which the panel expects to finalize in mid-November. The draft guidelines and information about how to comment on them, as well as a community survey with a deadline of Oct. 9, are available at www.newtonma.gov/cpa .

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