Vote YES on QUESTION 3 on the November ballot.
Question 3 on Framingham’s November ballot asks voters if our city should adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA). If this referendum passes, Framingham will establish a Community Preservation Fund to conserve open space, expand outdoor recreation, preserve historic resources, and support community housing.
Voters’ approval of Question 3 will:
- Create new and better outdoor recreation opportunities for us all
- Protect open space and natural resources from being lost to development
- Save historic landmarks and reuse historic buildings for new purposes
- Make housing more affordable for seniors, young adults, and families
Community Preservation is about protecting things we value and improving our quality-of-life. All residents will benefit if Framingham adopts the Community Preservation Act. There are potential Community Preservation projects across the City in every voting district.
WHO WE ARE
Community Preservation’s supporters come from all corners of Framingham. We believe that the City can improve the quality-of-life of residents by protecting open space, expanding outdoor recreation, preserving historic resources, and supporting community housing.
Our mission is to educate the City’s voters about Community Preservation’s benefits and to motivate them to vote YES on Question 3 in support of adopting the Community Preservation Act.
Please join us! Get involved now!
WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT
Massachusetts’ legislature passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in 2000. CPA’s goal is to address the difficulties that municipalities, Framingham among them, have finding money for quality of life projects. These include protecting open space, expanding outdoor recreation, preserving historic resources, and supporting community housing.
CPA permits cities and towns to create a Community Preservation Fund to support such projects. 177 cities and towns have adopted CPA by local referendum since 2001. They have raised over $2.3 billion for over 12,000 local community preservation projects. This includes more than $670 million they received in state matching grants.
By passing the November 2020 CPA referendum, Framingham voters will enable the City to receive the same rewards and benefits.
WHY ADOPT CPA NOW?
If Framingham had adopted CPA in 2001 as is now proposed, Framingham would have collected an estimated $30,000,000 for its Community Preservation Fund. The Fund would have received a state match totaling $6,000,000 or more.
This money would have supported hundreds of local community preservation project opportunities, which instead were lost, compromised, delayed, or made more expensive.
Today there is no shortage of new, potential community preservation projects across the City in every voting District. But the City’s budget is more constrained and less able than ever to pay for these projects.
Vote, Volunteer, and Donate
Our campaign timeline to educate voters about the CPA referendum is short. We need your help now to reach voters and motivate them to vote YES.