Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Indebtedness incurred by the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District for regional refuse disposal facilities shall be subject to the applicable provisions of chapter forty-four of the General Laws, except that the maturities of bonds or notes issued by said district either shall be arranged so that for each issue the annual combined payments of principal and interest payable in each year shall be as nearly equal as practicable in the opinion of the regional refuse disposal district committee, or shall be arranged in accordance with a schedule providing for a more rapid amortization of principal, provided that such annual payments need not commence earlier than one year after the date of commencing regular use of the facilities, as projected or determined by said district committee. Project costs to be financed by the issuance of bonds or notes may include interest on such borrowing, including interest on notes issued in anticipation of federal or state aid, for a period of up to six months after the date so projected or determined for commencement of regular use of the facilities financed by the bonds or notes. Each member municipality's apportioned share of principal and interest on bonds or notes issued by the district shall be exempt from the provisions of section twenty-one C of chapter fifty-nine of the General Laws.
SECTION 2. The Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District may, in order to perform its functions, enter into any service agreement, including a service agreement under the provisions of subsection (g) of section twenty-one of chapter forty D of the General Laws, with any party such that said party shall be obligated to provide a facility for solid waste disposal or resource recovery, or both, or to provide solid waste disposal services; establish a system of user fees based on actual, projected, approximate or estimated use of the facilities or services provided by it or on such other basis as will equitably allocate the cost of the facilities or service among the users or categories of users thereof, provided that the collection of user fees shall be taken into account in the preparation of the annual district budget; and create and maintain, from bond proceeds or other sources of funds, such reserve, replacement, maintenance and improvement funds in connection with any capital project funded by bonds as it may deem necessary and prudent to enable it to carry out its functions in an orderly fashion, provided, however, that the aggregate of such funds provided from bond proceeds for any one project shall not exceed ten per cent of the principal amount of bonds issued for such project.
SECTION 3. The regional refuse disposal district committee of the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District may by a majority vote of its entire membership amend its agreement to change the various dates set forth in section IV of the agreement for the preparation, adoption and certification of the district's annual operating and maintenance budget.
Notwithstanding any provision of section forty-four H of chapter forty of the General Laws to the contrary, such amendment may provide that the amounts apportioned to each member municipality to meet said budget shall be certified to the treasurer of each member municipality by a date not later than the February first immediately preceding the fiscal year to which said budget relates. Such amendment shall have the same force and effect as if it had been adopted in accordance with the amendment procedure contained in said agreement.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon acceptance by both the city council of the city of New Bedford and the town meeting of the town of Dartmouth.