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    Preservation Act applications become available

    Applications for the 2014 Community Preservation Act funding cycle are now available. Project evaluation criteria and application forms for funding may be picked up at the Planning Office in City Hall or downloaded from the city’s website at Applications are due by Feb. 13 in the Office of Planning and Development. Community preservation funds may be used to acquire or preserve open space, historic resources, affordable housing, and recreational resources. The community preservation committee will evaluate each application and make funding recommendations to the City Council, which must approve all projects. Last fiscal year, the Newburyport Community Preservation Fund received $653,277 from the city’s 2 percent real estate tax surcharge, which was matched by state funds for total revenues of approximately $818,000. That money, when coupled with other reserve and previously uncommitted CPA funds, brought the total amount of available funding to $956,000. The committee recommended, and the City Council approved, 16 projects for appropriations or reservations totaling $928,506. For more information, contact the Community Preservation Committee via e-mail at