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) For the purposes of this section, the term “Wireless antenna lease proceeds” shall mean: (i) all proceeds for leases of real property by the town of Arlington for the erection of wireless communication antennae or related structures under section 3 of chapter 40 of the General Laws, chapter 44 of the acts of 1998 or any other general or special law; (ii) all proceeds paid to the town of Arlington by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority under section 112 of chapter 11 of the acts of 1997; and (iii) any other proceeds paid to the town of Arlington by reason of leases of real property within the town for the erection of wireless communications antennae and related structures.
(b) Notwithstanding section 53 of chapter 44 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the town of Arlington may establish a special fund in the town treasury into which shall be deposited all income derived from wireless antenna lease proceeds; provided however, that any wireless proceeds in excess of $250,000 in a fiscal year shall be deposited in the town’s general fund and may be used for any purpose voted by the town. The proceeds of the fund shall be used for the care, maintenance, upkeep, enhancement or improvement of parks, playgrounds or other open space in the town of Arlington. The treasurer of the town of Arlington may invest and reinvest such proceeds and place any interest in the special fund. An annual or special town meeting of the town of Arlington may appropriate money from the fund for a use set forth in this section, unless the town meeting votes another use by a 2/3 vote. The town treasurer shall make an annual accounting of funds from wireless antenna lease proceeds at each annual town meeting.
Approved, December 12, 2012.