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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE POSITION OF APPOINTED TAX COLLECTOR IN THE TOWN OF HADLEY.

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 any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be an appointed collector of taxes in the town of Hadley. The collector of taxes shall have all the powers, perform the duties and be subject to the liabilities and penalties conferred and imposed by law on town collectors of taxes. The collector of taxes shall be appointed, and may be removed, by a majority vote of the select board of the town. The select board may establish an employment agreement with the collector of taxes for salary, fringe benefits and other conditions of employment, including, but not limited to: (i) severance pay; (ii) reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of the duties of the office; (iii) liability insurance; (iv) conditions of discipline, termination, dismissal and reappointment; (v) performance standards; and (vi) leave. A vacancy in the office of collector of taxes shall be filled in the same manner.

SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding section 1, the incumbent holding the office of collector of taxes on the effective date of this act shall continue to hold that office and to perform the duties of that office until the expiration of the term for which the incumbent was elected, unless the incumbent sooner vacates the office. After the term of the incumbent collector of taxes holding the office on the effective date of this act has expired or is sooner vacated, the select board shall appoint a collector of taxes in the manner set forth in section 1. In the event an incumbent collector of taxes vacates that position before the expiration of the incumbent’s term of office, an interim collector of taxes shall be appointed to serve.

SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, January 1, 2019.