Skip to Content

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4280         FILED ON: 2/13/2012

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3971


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Steven S. Howitt and Michael J. Rodrigues


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:







Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Michael J. Rodrigues


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4280        FILED ON: 2/13/2012

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3971

By Representative Howitt of Seekonk and Senator Rodrigues, a joint petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Steven S. Howitt, Patricia A. Haddad and Michael J. Rodrigues (by vote of the town) that the town of Swansea be authorized to provide certain tax exemptions to members of the volunteer fire department of said town.  Revenue.  [Local Approval Received.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Twelve




              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.  (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of selectmen of the town of Swansea may establish a program for the firefighters, line officers and deputy chiefs of the Swansea volunteer fire department to reduce the real property tax obligations or the motor vehicle and trailer excise tax obligations of such volunteers in exchange for their volunteer services.  Any reduction so provided shall be in addition to any exemption or abatement to which such persons are otherwise entitled; provided, however, that no reduction of a real property tax bill shall be granted which exceeds $2,500 in a tax year.

              (b) The town shall maintain a record for each program participant including, but not limited to, the total amount by which a tax obligation thereof has been reduced and the criteria used to determine such tax reduction.  The town shall provide a copy of such record to the assessor so that the participant’s tax bill reflects the reduced rate.  The town shall also provide a copy of such record to the program participant receiving the reduced tax rate prior to the issuance of the actual tax bill.

              (c) The board of selectmen may adopt rules and procedures to implement the provisions of this act.

              SECTION 2.  The amount by which a person’s tax liability is reduced pursuant to section 1 shall not be considered income, wages or employment for purposes of taxation as provided by chapter 62 of the General Laws, withholding taxes as provided by chapter 62B of the General Laws, workers’ compensation as provided by chapter 152 of the General Laws, or any other General Law to the contrary.

              A person participating in the program authorized by section 1 shall be a public employee for the purposes of chapter 258 of the General Laws, but such services shall not be deemed employment for the purposes of unemployment insurance under chapter 151A of the General Laws.

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

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.