Preservation panel to brief

The Community Preservation Committee will hold its annual public information hearing May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Chambers at Braintree Town Hall. Committee members will update the public on activities and projects that have received recommended funding. Town officials say that the meeting is an opportunity for the public to meet with members of the committee and express ideas, concerns, and needs related to Community Preservation Act funding. Funding is received from an annual surtax of 1 percent on property taxes and is partially matched by the state from fees received from real estate transactions. Funding can be used for historic preservation, affordable housing, or open space.