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Town conducts survey on CPA funds

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Hingham’s Community Preservation Committee is hoping to use a townwide survey to gain feedback on how to better use Community Preservation Act funding. Released in early June and available until September, the survey is available online and in the town clerk’s office, and is meant to gain perspective on what kinds of projects the town should spend its money on. “The CPC has a process they go through and tries to balance all the constituents,” said committee chairman Dan Coughlin. “This will help us understand where greater emphasis should be.” In the past, the 1.5 percent surcharge on residents’ property taxes could only be used for the purchase of open space, renovation of historic properties, or creation of affordable housing. A change to the law in 2012 now allows money to be spent for recreational purposes. Coughlin said those active in town government favor spending money equally on recreation, but “we didn’t know if we were hearing from a local minority or majority,” he said. “Now that the law has changed . . . [we’ve] asked people to make priorities about those four things.” Coughlin hopes at least 300 people, or a Town Meeting quorum, will participate. To take the survey, visit http://hingham-ma.gov/Committees/CPC .

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