Aquinnah’s Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee has asked for a 1-time contribution of 18% of the estimated 2014 Community Preservation Act (CPA) annual budgets of the 6 Island towns to help move the Island landmark. The CPA permits towns to increase real estate taxes and to accept state matching funds flowing from a surcharge on real estate transactions to preserve open space, historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities.
Two weeks ago the lighthouse committee presented a request to the town of Chilmark for $51,854. The amounts to be requested from the other Island towns are: Edgartown, $148,373; West Tisbury, $80,738; Tisbury, $107,435; and Oak Bluffs, $111,598. Aquinnah would commit $90,000, more than 50 percent of its CPA funds, according to Adam Wilson, Aquinnah town administrator. The funds would be targeted specifically to moving the light.
Read more about the plan to move the Gay Head lighthouse.