Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 42C of chapter 54 of the General Laws, the state secretary shall cause the following question to be placed on the official ballot to be used in the town of Natick at the biennial state election to be held in the year 2000.
This question is binding.
"Shall the town vote to have its elected town treasurer-collector become an appointed treasurer-collector of the town?"
If a majority of votes cast in answer to said question is in the affirmative, said office shall become appointed in accordance with the provisions of this act. Any incumbent of such office or board serving at the time of acceptance by the voters shall continue to hold said office and to perform the duties thereof until the expiration of the term for which he was elected or until he otherwise vacates such office; provided, however, that any person elected to an office or board which becomes an appointed office or board at the same election, under the provisions of this section, shall hold said office and perform the duties thereof until the appointment to said office is otherwise made under the provisions of this act.
SECTION 2. The appointment of the treasurer-collector shall be made by the town administrator subject to the confirmation of the board of selectmen for a term not to exceed three years, unless such manner of appointment or term is otherwise provided by law.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.