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Category Archives: Division of Local Services

DLS and DOER Partner to Shine Light on Solar Assessment Posted on Mar 8

DLS and DOER Partner to Shine Light on Solar Assessment

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

New from City and Town: The Local Officials Directory Five Years Later Posted on Feb 25

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

New City and Town article: Farmland Valuation in Massachusetts under Chapter 61A Posted on Feb 11

(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

New City and Town article now available: Governor’s Budget for FY2011 Supports Cities and Towns Posted on Feb 4

New City and Town article now available: Governor’s Budget for FY2011 Supports Cities and Towns

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.

Vendor Takes Licking in Road Salt Procurement Case Posted on Jan 28

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

A First Look at Local Option Meals Excise Adoptions Posted on Jan 25

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

Golf Course Recreational Classification Declared Out of Bounds Posted on Jan 14

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

Conservation Restrictions and Real Property Taxation Posted on Jan 7

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

City and Town turns a (web) page Posted on Jan 7

City and Town turns a (web) page

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

Cities and towns get an extra month to mail property tax bills for FY2010 Posted on Dec 17

New legislation allows for extended time to mail fiscal year 2010 actual property tax bills. Communities that have accepted the quarterly tax payment system, or semi-annual preliminary tax payment system, under G.L. c. 59, section 57C, can now have until January 30, 2010. The mailing   …Continue Reading Cities and towns get an extra month to mail property tax bills for FY2010