Responding to a letter initiated by JALSA, over two dozen Boston interfaith clergy have publicly endorsed the Community Preservation Act.
We – as leaders in our faith’s Boston community – indicate our support of Boston’s participation in the Community Preservation Act – a state program that would allow Boston to raise money for affordable housing, parks, and historic preservation through a small property tax surcharge that would be matched by additional funding from the Commonwealth.
The CPA was passed by the Massachusetts legislature in 2000 in an effort to preserve the communities of Massachusetts’s towns and cities. By creating affordable housing that allows a community’s next generation to stay close to home, caring for parks and public spaces, and preserving historic sites, the CPA helps keep Massachusetts’s communities together.
Passing the CPA on the November ballot would help provide a higher quality-of-life for residents of Boston. It could create new, affordable homes for seniors, families, and veterans and help Boston retain its diversity. It could provide our children and families with parks, playgrounds, trails, and gardens. And it could preserve the historic assets that make our city special.
We believe that the tax funding mechanism for the CPA – with numerous exemptions – is designed to alleviate any substantial burden on low income residents and low-moderate and moderate income seniors. The typical Boston homeowner whose home is assessed at $500,000 would pay approximately $24 per year for this investment, and in turn, the City would generate $20 million or more every year for CPA projects. If adopted, Boston would exercise local control over its CPA funds. With input from the public, and city boards and agencies, a new committee of local residents would review and recommend projects to the city for funding each year.
We, Boston clergy leaders, support a “yes” vote on Question 5. We believe this is a moral choice for a better Boston.
Reverend June R. Cooper; City Mission
The Rev. Rainey G. Dankel, Trinity Church in the City of Boston
Shaykh Yasir Fahmy; Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
Reverend Dr. Gregory G. Groover Sr.; Historic Charles Street A.M.E Church
Rabbi Jen Gubitz, Temple Israel of Boston
Reverend Rahsaan Hall, African Methodist Episcopal Church
Rabbi Suzie Schwartz Jacobson, Temple Israel of Boston
The Reverend Edwin D. Johnson; St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Dorchester
Monsignor Frank H. Kelley, Sacred Heart Church of Roslindale
Reverend Michael McGarry, C.S.P., The Paulist Center
Rev. Rob Mark; Church of the Covenant
Rev. John R. Odams; The First Baptist Church of Boston
Rabbi Barbara Penzner; Temple Hillel B’nai Torah
Rabbi Victor Reinstein; Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue
Reverend Julie Avis Rogers, Church of the Covenant
Very Reverend James J. Ronan, VF; Saint Mary – Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Charlestown
Rabbi Matthew Soffer; Temple Israel of Boston
Reverend Burns Stanfield; Fourth Presbyterian Church; President of Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
The Reverend Liz Steinhauser, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
The Very Reverend John P. Streit; Cathedral Church of Saint Paul
Rev. Nancy S. Taylor; Old South Church in Boston
The Rev. Pamela L. Werntz, Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston
Reverend Gloria Elaine White-Hammond, M.D.; Bethel A.M.E. Church