Norwell: Citizens Challenge Use of Community Preservation Act Funds

By Erin Dale

A group of Norwell citizens is challenging the town’s plans to construct a sidewalk using “Community Preservation Act,” or “CPA,” monies.

The group opposing this has filed a “ten taxpayer action” against the town, saying the sidewalk is an inappropriate use of the CPA.


Representing the Norwell taxpayers is Newton attorney, Guive Mirfendereski. He said there’s enough to show that:

Donald Mauch, spokesperson for the taxpayers, said the lawsuit is not about stopping the town from putting in a sidewalk, but rather to make sure the CPA doesn’t become a “go-to fund” for just any town project.

CPA funds come from a surcharge on taxes, with some level of state match, and must be used for projects involving historical preservation, conservation, recreation, affordable housing, or open space.

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