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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 9 of the charter of the town of Harwich, as appearing in chapter 18 of the acts of 2006, is hereby amended by striking out section 6 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 6. Capital Outlay Plan
9-6-1 The purpose of the 7-year capital outlay plan shall be to provide the town with a long-range forecast of the town’s capital improvement needs and to attempt to keep debt borrowing levels as even as possible from year to year.
9-6-2 A “capital outlay” shall mean the acquisition, construction or renovation of buildings, equipment or land having a total cost of $50,000 during any budget year and planning funds for any such capital outlay.
9-6-3 The town administrator and the capital outlay committee shall submit a 7-year capital outlay plan to a joint public meeting of the board of selectmen and the finance committee during the month of December of each year.
9-6-4 The board of selectmen shall prepare articles to be included in the May annual town meeting warrant seeking adoption of the 7-year capital outlay plan and funding of the current year of the plan.
9-6-5 A simple majority vote of the town meeting shall be required to adopt the 7-year capital outlay plan as submitted.
9-6-6 If any part of the current year of the plan receives funding support at the annual town meeting, but fails at any necessary debt exclusion, capital exclusion or proposition 2½ override ballot votes, the unsupported portion shall be returned to the 7-year capital plan in year 1 of the next 7-year plan.
9-6-7 Any article included in the annual or special town meeting warrant which requests a capital outlay as defined in section 9-6-2, but which has not been recommended by the capital outlay committee, the board of selectmen and the finance committee shall require a 2/3 majority vote of the town meeting.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, May 23, 2012.