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Keep CPA Funding at 3% To Retain Town’s Rural Character

To Groton's Select Board:
     We strongly urge the Select Board members to retain our Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding at 3%. A number of significant land conservation projects have been completed because of the funds set aside by the CPA fee and state match. We now enjoy the benefits of those earlier investments — less noise, cleaner air and water, and the opportunity to hike in uncrowded forests.
     CPA funds assigned to the Conservation Commission allow it to move quickly when land becomes available. Such funds also allow it to partner with state and private organizations.
     The reason we moved here in 1981 was Groton’s rural character. The foundation of that rural character is Open Space.
     More houses will be built in our town, and that is as it should be. But additional land must be conserved at the same time, so as to retain our rural character. In order to do that, we need to keep the CPA at 3%.
Richard Muehlke
Martha McLure
109 Common Street
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