Valuable Updates from DOR Division of Local Services
The Division of Local Services (DLR) publishes throughout the year helpful data and guidance of interest to all local officials. Its most recent City & Town publication summarizes recent legislation on changes to the structure of town governments both by special act and by bylaw. While some changes require a special act, such as increasing a Select Board from 3 to 5 members, other changes, such as creating a consolidated department of inspections, can be done by bylaw. (For consolidation of municipal inspections, see G.L. c. 43C, § 13.)
DLR publishes a list of a local option statutes pertinent to municipal finance. Has your municipality considered adopting the current ceiling for senior property tax abatements and exemptions? What about local meals and room occupancy taxes?