Article 37 - Accept MGL Chapter 59, Clause 5C1/2

Deborah Brown, Moderator presiding and will continue for the remainder of the session.
Selectman Chair Barry recuses.
Article 37 is now open: ARTICLE 37 — ACCEPT MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAWS CHAPTER 59, SECTION 5C½ To see if the Town will vote to accept Section 5C ½ of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws relating to additional tax exemptions; or act in any other manner in relation thereto. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen) 

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59 Clause 5C ½ allows the Town, by vote of Town Meeting, to increase the benefit amount of all personal property tax exemptions by any percentage up to 100%. This additional exemption is applied uniformly to all personal property tax exemptions and cannot be applied selectively.

MOTION That the Town accept M.G.L. Chapter 59, Section 5C½, which provides for an additional real estate exemption for taxpayers who are granted personal exemptions on their domiciles under M.G.L. Chapter 59, Section 5, including certain blind persons, veterans, surviving spouses and seniors, and provide an additional exemption of 100% percent of the personal exemption, to be effective for exemptions granted for any fiscal year beginning on or after July 1, 2018.

RECOMMENDATIONS
BOS: 4-0 SUPPORTS (Barry recused)
AC: Unanimous

VOTE OF TOWN MEETING (SIMPLE MAJORITY)
YES: 145
NO: 0
ABSTAIN: 2
MOTION PASSES
Article 11 is now open