Manchester-by-the-Sea: community members develop priorities for using Community Preservation funds

The Manchester community considered two CPA budgeting scenarios:  1) maintain the current 3% CPA surcharge and 2) decrease surcharge to 1.5%.  Using JM Goldson's "CPA Tetris" prioritization exercise, community members discussed and debated priorities in each of the four CPA spending categories: historic preservation, community housing, open space, and recreation.  Know what ranked high?  Community Housing! Before we began the exercise, we learned a few interesting things about the audience through JM Goldson's digital group polling method:

  1. 67% of the workshop participants voted to adopt CPA in Manchester in 2005
  2. 54% wanted to keep the CPA surcharge at the current 3% maximum
  3. 72% did not have a high enough income to afford to buy a home priced a Manchester's 2014 median sales price of $750,000!!
Community members working on JM Goldson's CPA Tetris exercise at the Manchester by the Sea workshop, April 13, 205

Community members working on JM Goldson's CPA Tetris exercise at the Manchester by the Sea workshop, April 13, 205