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    Salem has funds for community preservation. Where should they go?

    Salem is seeking public feedback on a draft plan outlining the types of projects the city should fund with its Community Preservation Act revenues. The plan, prepared by the Community Preservation Committee, will be used by the panel to recommend projects for funding. The document can be viewed at Salem residents pay a 1 percent property tax surcharge to support open space, historic preservation, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation projects. The state provides a partial match, 17.2 percent last year. The committee is inviting public comment on the draft plan through Dec. 4. The plan will then be finalized and proposals for CPA funding will be open. Those who wish to seek funding must submit an application by Jan. 4 to determine if they meet eligibility requirements.


    John Laidler can be reached at