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 City Manager Letter
 

September 15, 2014

To the Honorable, the City Council:

Listed below are the recommendations of the Community Preservation Act Committee (CPAC) for FY15. For additional information, please see attachments from the CPA Committee Chair, Lisa Peterson, dated September 9, 2014

The CPA public process this year began with a public meeting held on June 19, 2014, to solicit suggestions on CPA projects for FY15. Based on that meeting and other inputs, the CPAC was provided information on project funding requests without any recommendations for percentage allocations of anticipated CPA funds. A public hearing was held on August 5, 2014, to solicit recommendations from the public on percentage allocations. The CPAC also received several petitions, letters and e-mails from the public relative to CPA recommendations. The CPAC, on September 9, 2014, unanimously voted for an allocation of 80% for Affordable Housing, 10% for Historical Preservation Projects and 10% for Open Space Projects.

In accordance with the CPAC's recommendations, I am requesting that the City Council appropriate CPA funds raised by the City's FY2015 CPA surcharge, the FY14 state match funds received in FY15 and a portion of the existing CPA fund balance.

For this appropriation, it is estimated that the net local receipts from the CPA surcharge for FY15 will total $7,800,000, with an additional state match of approximately $1,700,000. In addition, $3,000,000 from CPA Fund Balance is being recommended for appropriation, plus an additional $10,000 from the Fund Balance for annual membership dues to the Community Preservation Coalition.

On September 9, 2014, the CPAC made recommendations for allocation of these FY15 funds. By unanimous votes, the CPAC recommended to the City Council, through the City Manager, that the CPA funds be allocated and appropriated as follows:

Recommended FY15 Allocation and Appropriation of CPA Funds

VOTE 1:   Fiscal Year 2015 Local Funds ($7,800,000)

Vote 1A

80% of FY15 CPA Local Fund revenues ($6,240,000) allocated to Affordable Housing and appropriated to the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust.

Vote 1B

10% of FY15 CPA Local Fund revenues ($780,000) allocated to Historic Preservation as follows:

1.      $600,000  appropriated to the Historic Preservation Grants program
2.      $180,000 appropriated to YWCA Shelter

Vote 1C

10% of FY15 CPA Local Fund revenues ($780,000) allocated to Open Space as follows: 

1.      $420,000  appropriated to Sacramento Field
2.      $360,000 appropriated to Cambridgeport School Playground

VOTE 2:   Fiscal Year 2014 State Funds [received in FY15] ($1,700,000)

Vote 2A

80% of FY14 State Match revenues ($1,360,000) allocated to Affordable Housing and appropriated to the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust.

Vote 2B

10% of FY14 State Match revenues ($170,000) allocated to Historic Preservation as follows:

1.       $56,500 appropriated to Magazine Beach landscape plan
2.       $31,000 appropriated to Vault Phase 2
3.       $30,000 appropriated to Old Burying Ground
4.       $25,000 appropriated to O'Connell Library Branch exterior
5.       $20,000 appropriated to YWCA Shelter
6.       $7,500 appropriated to Rebind Atlases and Directories   

Vote 2C

10% of FY14 State Match revenues ($170,000) allocated to Open Space as follows: 

1.      $70,000 appropriated to Pacific Street Park
2.      $100,000 appropriated to Haggerty School Playground 

VOTE 3:   CPA Fund Balance ($3,000,000)

Vote 3A

80% of the Fund Balance ($2,400,000) allocated to Affordable Housing and appropriated to the Affordable Housing Trust.

 Vote 3B

10% of the Fund Balance ($300,000) allocated to Historic Preservation as follows:

1.      $300,000 appropriated to the O'Connell Library Branch exterior

Vote 3C

10% of the Fund Balance ($300,000) allocated to Open Space as follows:

1.   $75,000 appropriated to Haggerty School Playground
2.   $140,000 appropriated to Cambridgeport School Playground
3.   $85,000 appropriated to Sennott Park Basketball Courts

VOTE 4:   CPA Fund Balance - Administration ($10,000) 

Vote 4A

1.  $10,000 appropriated to Administrative Costs for Community Preservation Coalition Membership Dues.

Table 1.  Summary of Recommended Appropriations by Expenditure Type 

CPA Category/ Project

FY15 Total Amount Allocated/ Appropriate All Sources

Affordable Housing Trust

$10,000,000

 

 

Historical Preservation

 

-Historical Preservation Grants

                             $600,000

-O'Connell Library Branch exterior

$325,000

-YWCA Shelter

$200,000

-Magazine Beach Landscape Plan

$56,500

-Vault Phase 2

$31,000

-Old Burying Ground

$30,000

-Rebind Atlases and Directories

$7,500

Subtotal (Historical)

                          $1,250,000

 

 

Open Space

 

-Sacramento Field

                             $420,000

-Cambridgeport School Playground

                               $500,000

-Pacific Street Park

$70,000

-Haggerty School Playground

$175,000

-Sennott Park Basketball Courts

$85,000

Subtotal (Open Space)

                           $1,250,000

Administrative/ Community Preservation Coalition

 

$10,000

Total:

                         $12,510,000

 

Table 2. Summary of Recommended Appropriations by Funding Source

 

FY15 Local Funds   $7,800,000

FY14 State Match
$1,700,000

CPA Fund Balance
$3,010,000

FY15
Total
$12,510,000

 Affordable Housing Trust

$6,240,000

 $1,360,000

 $2,400,000

 $10,000,000

 Historic Preservation Projects

 $780,000

 $170,000

 $300,000

 $1,250,000

Open Space Projects

 $780,000

 $170,000

 $300,000

 $1,250,000

Admin./Community Preservation Coalition Membership Dues

 

 

 $10,000

$10,000

Total

$7,800,000

$1,700,000

$3,010,000

$12,510,000

 

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard C. Rossi

 

City Manager

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