SECTION 1. Notwithstanding sections 2A, 2D, 18 and 38 of chapter 59 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the town of Lexington, acting by and through its board of assessors, shall abate or refund a portion of the taxes assessed for fiscal year 2009 on any real estate that decreased in assessed valuation by over 50 per cent as the result of fire or natural disaster that occurred during fiscal year 2009. The post-fire or post-natural disaster valuation shall be considered the assessed valuation of the property as of January 1, 2008 for purposes of assessing taxes for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2008.
SECTION 2. Applications for an abatement or refund shall be filed with the Lexington board of assessors on or before January 1, 2011.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved January 10, 2010.