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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


     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.  Notwithstanding sections 1 and 1B of chapter 41 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the collector of taxes of the town of Blandford shall be appointed by the board of selectmen for a term of 3 years and may be removed for cause by the board after a hearing. Prior to any appointment pursuant to this act, the candidate for appointment shall be interviewed at an open session meeting of the board and the chairs of the finance committee and the planning board, the town accountant and the town treasurer. The collector of taxes appointed pursuant to this act shall have all the powers, perform the duties and be subject to the liabilities and penalties conferred and imposed by law on collectors of taxes.
     SECTION 2.  The position of elected collector of taxes in the town of Blandford shall be abolished upon the effective date of this act and the term of the elected incumbent terminated; provided, however, that, notwithstanding section 1, the elected incumbent shall become the first appointed collector of taxes and shall serve in that capacity for a period of time equivalent to the remainder of the elected term or until the incumbent sooner vacates the office. After the expiration of the term of the incumbent collector of taxes or a sooner vacating of the office, the board of selectmen shall appoint a collector of taxes pursuant to section 1.
     SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, September 25, 2014.