Nearly 300 public and private sector attendees participated in three workshops last week to learn about valuation of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects for the purpose of taxation or for negotiating a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement. Sponsored jointly by DOR’s Division of Local …Continue Reading DLS and DOER Partner to Shine Light on Solar Assessment
In this new article posted in City and Town, Dave Davies, Local Services’ Director of Information Technology, looks back on how communication and reporting between state and local government has changed over the past five years. The change from paper to pc, which began with …Continue Reading New from City and Town: The Local Officials Directory Five Years Later
(Editor's note. Massachusetts has a rich history of farming as well as an active agricultural economy. Accurate valuation of farmland is thus an important concern for communities that have developed and want to sustain agricultural economies.) Written by Daniel Lass, Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst …Continue Reading New City and Town article: Farmland Valuation in Massachusetts under Chapter 61A
Posted by: Robert G. Nunes, Deputy Commissioner of Revenue & Director of Municipal Affairs, Department of Revenue Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed FY2011 budget has spared cities and towns a reduction in local aid, news which has heartened local officials. Click here to read the full story.
Written by James Crowley, Esq., Bureau of Municipal Finance Law The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit ruled against a company which supplied road salt to the City of Boston in the winter of 2004-2005 and then disputed with the City over the amount …Continue Reading Vendor Takes Licking in Road Salt Procurement Case
By Lisa Juszkiewicz, Director of the Municipal Databank A review of revenues for this new local option shows that the first month of collections, or October alone, totaled $2,774,514. A preliminary review of revenues in November shows an additional $2.6 million collected. Of …Continue Reading A First Look at Local Option Meals Excise Adoptions
Written by James Crowley, Esq., Bureau of Municipal Finance Law If you have ever traveled to Cape Cod, you may have heard of the Cape Cod National Golf course, an 18-hole championship golf course located in the communities of Harwich and Brewster. When the …Continue Reading Golf Course Recreational Classification Declared Out of Bounds
Written by Joan Youngman, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Conservation restrictions are the most significant and fastest-growing means of protecting environmentally sensitive land, and Massachusettshas been a leader in their development. It is 44th among states in terms of land area, but 10th in …Continue Reading Conservation Restrictions and Real Property Taxation
Posted by: Robert G. Nunes, Deputy Commissioner of Revenue & Director of Municipal Affairs, Department of Revenue Welcome to City and Town’s new online home on the Department of Revenue’s blog, OpenDOR: Commonwealth Conversations. City and Town has evolved over time, but its purpose and …Continue Reading City and Town turns a (web) page
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