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Community Preservation Act: Overview

The Community Preservation Act (CPA), M.G.L. Chapter 44B, was adopted by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Cellucci in September 2000. The Community Preservation Act (CPA) allows any City or Town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to adopt a property tax surcharge of up to 3%, the revenues from which are match by state funds. The citizens of Rowley voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA) on May 7, 2001 at a property tax surcharge rate of 3%.

The Community Preservation Committee actively seeks suggestions and project applications from residents of  Rowley, Town Boards and Local Organizations for projects which will best serve the goals of the Community Preservation Act and the needs and interest of the Town.


The Community Preservation Committee wishes to thank Robert Merry for his assistance in preparing the photos.

Appointed Officials Community Preservation Committee

Town meeting May 7, 2001 (7) voting members pursuant to MGL Chapter 44B

Should any Commissions, Board, Councils or Committees who appointment authority under this MGL Chapter 44B be no longer in existence for whatever reason the appointment authority shall become the responsibility of the Board of Selectmen.

Appointment     Term  
Cliff Pierce
  Board of Selectmen 3 year 2021
Curtis Turner Secretary Conservation 3 year 2019
Frank Todd Chair Historic 3 year 2019
Joseph Perry
  Housing Authority 3 year 2021
David Jaquith
  Planning Board 3 year 2021
Sonja VIncola   Open Space 1 year 2019
 Kurt Annen   Recreation 3 year 2020

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Please direct any inquiries to:
Karen M. O'Donnell
Assistant Treasurer/Collector/CPA Administrator
978 948-2631


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Photographs used by permission from Richard Hydren,
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