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On May 24 the Massachusetts Senate passed the CPA reform legislation (HB 765) 38-0. The Massachusetts House passed similar legislation 155-0 on April 24.
The Senate's CPA budget amendment provides a one-time appropriation of $5 million in funding for the statewide CPA Trust Fund in July 2012, while the House version grants a $25 million recurring sum from the annual state budget surplus beginning in the fall of 2013. All the other provisions of the CPA legislation are the same in both the Senate and House versions, including the changes to the recreation rules for CPA projects.
During June, a six-member conference committee will work to resolve the differences in the CPA funding between the Senate and House budgets.
(End quote) from from the Community Preservation Coalition here: http://www.communitypreservation.org/news/317 This article includes a link to a State House News article.
1) Allows the use of CPF (Community Preservation Funds) for rehabilitation of existing recreational facilities as well as those facilities acquired or built with CPF.
2) Attempts to increase the state match to 75% using new fees assessed by the registrar of deeds ($50 max) and the assistant recorder ($25 max). As the legislation specifically states, 'In the event that these maximum fees are reached and they are insufficient to support a 75 per cent first round match distribution pursuant to section 10, the Community Preservation Trust Fund match distribution shall be less than 75 per cent.' There is no 'guaranteed' 75% match. The Senate and House will resolve differences concerning further state funding, as discussed in the quoted text above.
3) Allows the use of other dedicated revenue sources (e.g. a local meals or lodging surtax) for part of the local CPA revenue which the current law requires to be paid as a property tax surcharge.
The text of the House version (H 765) is available here: