IGR 21-15, “Owners Unknown” Assessments The Department of Revenue, Division of Local Services has issued a new Informational Guideline Release regarding the assessment of real property taxes on “owners unknown” parcels. The Municipal Modernization Act expanded the authority of Assessors to levy taxes on owners unknown without obtaining the approval of the Commissioner of Revenue. If your municipality has parcels with unknown owners, you’ll want to review the latest IGR 21-15,
The fledgling cannabis industry has matured in the nearly five years since November 2016, when the Commonwealth legalized adult possession and use of marijuana. Unfortunately, not all municipalities’ zoning bylaws and ordinances have kept pace. In a recent 2-1 Appeals Court decision in Valley Green Grow, Inc. v. Town of Charlton, Justice Desmond highlighted some of the land use concerns that arise where local bylaws have lagged behind recent trends in land use permitting – sp
The Supervisor of Public Records has amended the Public Access Regulations, 950 CMR 32.00, effective June 11, 2021. In addition to minor grammatical changes, there are a few important substantive amendments. First, the time for responding to a records request is now the same regardless of the form of the request. Previously, the calculation of the time for responding to an oral request for records began to run on the day the request was made to the custodian but the time for
The pandemic ushered in a sea change in municipal operations. Although the declared state of emergency has ended, some of the changes have been extended. Ch. 20 of the Acts of 2021, signed and effective June 16, 2021, includes sunset provisions for many of the extended changes but, if they remain popular, we may see further legislation that makes the changes permanent. For municipal operations, board and committee meetings may continue to be held remotely until April 1, 2022.
The Governor’s declared state of emergency is now expired. Today, however, he signed into law Ch. 20 of the Acts of 2021, which extends certain provisions that municipalities and businesses embraced as positive attributes of operations regardless of the pandemic. The provisions of this Act which may be of most interest to municipalities are summarized below.
Here is a link to the Act referenced in this Alert: An Act Relative to Extending Certain COVID-19 Measures Adopted
The improvements in rates of COVID-19 infections and vaccinations are heartening, but the financial strain imposed on municipal budgets remains. Some new relief is here! This Alert highlights the recently issued process for municipalities under 50,000 in population to access the grant funds allocated under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Here is a link to the Guidance referenced in this Alert: June 1, 2021, Memorandum from the Executive Office for Administration & F