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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1124         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1513

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Richard J. Ross

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act limiting proposition 2 1/2 override elections and allowing an underride in all communities.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex

Robert L. Hedlund

 

Bruce E. Tarr

 


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1124        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1513

By Mr. Ross, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1513) of Richard J. Ross, Robert L. Hedlund and Bruce E. Tarr for legislation to limit proposition 2 1/2 override elections and allowing an underride in all communities.  Revenue. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 1232 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act limiting proposition 2 1/2 override elections and allowing an underride in all communities.
 

              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.  Section 21C of chapter 59 of the General Laws, as most recently appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by deleting subsection (h) and replacing it with the following subsection:-

              (h) In a city or town, if a majority of the local appropriating authority, or the people having collected a number of signatures of registered voters equal to 5% of a city or town’s registered voters shall so require, there shall be a question placed on the ballot at a biennial state election as to whether said city or town should be required to assess taxes by a specified amount below that amount allowed pursuant to this section. The question submitted to the voters shall be worded as follows:-

              "Shall the (city/town) of ________be required to reduce the amount of real estate and personal property taxes to be assessed for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and ______ by an amount equal to $______".

                                                                                                  YES                                      NO

              Said question shall be deemed approved if a majority of the persons voting thereon shall vote "yes''.

              SECTION 2.  Section 21C of chapter 59 of the General Laws, as most recently appearing in the 2000 Official Edition, is hereby amended, by deleting subsection (i) and replacing it with the following subsection:-

              (i) With regard to the referenda procedures set out in this section the local appropriating authority shall direct that the questions be placed only upon the official ballot at a biennial state election. The local appropriating authority may direct that not more than 3 override questions be placed upon the official ballots for use in the city or town at a biennial state election, by filing with the state secretary not later than the first Wednesday of August preceding that election a copy of its vote attested by the city or town clerk.

              SECTION 3.  Section 21C of chapter 59 of the General Laws, as most recently appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended, by deleting subsection (g) and replacing it with the following subsection:-

              (g) The local appropriating authority of any city or town which is subject to the provisions of paragraph (f) may, by majority vote, seek voter approval to assess taxes in excess of amount allowed pursuant to said paragraph (f) by a specified amount.

              Any question submitted to the voters shall be placed on the biennial state ballot and worded as follows:-

              "Shall the (city/town) of _____ be allowed to assess an additional $_____ in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of (state the purpose(s) for which the monies from this assessment will be used) for the fiscal year beginning July first, nineteen hundred and _____?

              YES_____ NO_____''

              Said question shall be deemed approved if a majority of the persons voting thereon shall vote "yes''.             

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