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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1621         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1292

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bruce E. Tarr

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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 to provide a property tax credit to surviving spouses of certain public safety personnel..

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1621        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1292

By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1292) of Bruce E. Tarr, James E. Timilty, Geoff Diehl, Michael R. Knapik and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide a property tax credit to surviving spouses of certain public safety personnel.  Public Service. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 1539 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to provide a property tax credit to surviving spouses of certain public safety personnel..
 

              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. Chapter 59 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after Section 5M the following new section: -

              SECTION 5N.  Property Tax Credit for Surviving Spouse of Fire, Rescue, Police or Emergency Medical Service Personnel

              Section 5N.  In any city or town which accepts the provisions of this section, the board of selectmen of a town or in a municipality having a town council form of government, the town council or the mayor with approval of the city council in a city shall, for a dwelling owned by a public safety officer in said municipality, provide a reduction on the real property tax obligations of the surviving spouse of said public safety officer who has died as a result of the performance of, or as a result of, his/her duty while in the active service of a fire, police, rescue or emergency medical service.  Said reduction shall not exceed $1000 in a given tax year and shall be for a duration of not more than 5 years. 

              SECTION 2.  For the purposes of this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings: -

              “Dwelling” shall mean the lot and structures necessary to use the real property as a residence.

              “Public Safety Officer” shall mean anyone employed in active duty as a fire, police, rescue or emergency medical service worker.

              “Surviving spouse” shall mean a man or woman married to the public safety officer, who has not remarried and continues to reside in the original dwelling.

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