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Summary of Question 4
Sections 3 to 7 of Chapter 44B of the General Laws of Massachusetts, also known as the Community Preservation Act, establish a dedicated funding source to enable cities and towns to (1) acquire open space, which includes land for park and recreational uses and the protection of public drinking water well fields, aquifers and recharge areas, wetlands, farm land, forests, marshes, beaches, scenic areas, wildlife preserves and other conservation areas, (2) acquire and restore historic structures and landscapes, and (3) meet local community housing needs. In Hamilton, the funding source for these community preservation purposes will be a surcharge of 3% on the annual property tax assessed on real property and annual distributions made by the state from a trust fund created by the Act. If approved, the following will be exempt from the surcharge: (1) property owned and occupied as a domicile by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low or moderate income senior housing in the Town, as defined in Section 2 of said Act; (2) $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of residential real property. A taxable receiving a regular property tax abatement or exemption will also receive a pro rata reduction in surcharge. A Community Preservation Committee will be established by by-law to study community preservation resources, possibilities and needs and to make annual recommendations to town meeting on spending the funds. At least 10% of the funds for each fiscal year will be spent or reserved for later spending on each of the Act's three community preservation purposes: (1) open space (excluding land for recreational use). (2) historic resources and (3) community housing.

Question 4: Shall the town of Hamilton accept sections 3 to 7, inclusive, of chapter 44B, of the General Laws, as proposed by a petition signed by at least five percent of the registered voters of the Town, a summary of which appears below?

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City/Town Ward Pct Blank Votes Total Votes Cast
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1,527
1,798
279
3,604
Totals 1,527 1,798 279 3,604