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:
- 67% of the workshop participants voted to adopt CPA in Manchester in 2005
- 54% wanted to keep the CPA surcharge at the current 3% maximum
- 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!!