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With Special Town Meeting-3 now dissolved, Madam Moderator called the ATM to order.
On to Article 3: Cary Lecture Series.
Rita Goldberg, TMM in Precinct 2 and Cary Lecture chair, gave her report and announced the proposed new members along with the new series of lectures for 2016-2017.
MOTION: That a committee of four be appointed by the Moderator to have the charge of the lectures under the wills of Eliza Cary Farnham and Suzanna E. Cary for the current year.
The MOTION was approved.
We then took up Article 27: Establish Qualifications for Tax Deferrals.
MOTION: that the maximum qualifying gross receipts amount for property tax deferrals under Clause 41 A of Section 5 of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws and Chapter 190 of the Acts of 2008 be raised to $70,000, beginning in fiscal year 2017.
The MOTION was unanimously approved.
Article 28 was taken up next: Accept Chapter 59, Section 2D of the MGL (Citizen Article).
MOTION that the article be indefinitely postponed was unanimously approved.
Article 30: Amend General Bylaws: Demolition of Buildings.
MOTION: That Chapter 19 of the Code of the Town of Lexington, Buildings, Demolition of, be amended as follows: (please refer to pp.12-14 of this document for complete language).
The MOTION was adopted.
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