Town of Belchertown, MA
Hampshire County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Belchertown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Failure to pay taxes or charges — See Ch. 65, Art. I.
[Adopted 11-1-1999 STM by Art. 5]

§ 118-1 Purpose.

It is the intent of the town to offer tax abatements to encourage the continued environmental cleanup and redevelopment of sites zoned for industrial and commercial use from or at which there has been a release of oil or hazardous material.

§ 118-2 Subject properties.

Property which may be the subject of tax abatement agreements pursuant by this article must:
A. 
Be a site or portion of a site from or at which there has been a release of oil or hazardous material;
B. 
Be owned by an eligible person, as that term is defined in MGL c.21E, § 2;
C. 
Be zoned for commercial or industrial use.

§ 118-3 Abatement agreements.

A. 
The Board of Assessors is hereby authorized to negotiate agreements from the abatement of real estate taxes (hereunder, "abatement agreements") with owners of eligible properties.
B. 
Abatement agreements may allow for reductions in outstanding taxes, interest and/or penalties.
C. 
Abatement agreements shall include, but not be limited to:
(1) 
The amount of outstanding real estate taxes;
(2) 
The percent of interest to accrue if determined applicable by the Town Collector-Treasurer and the property owner;
(3) 
The description of quantifiable monthly payments;
(4) 
The inception date of monthly payments;
(5) 
The date of the final payment;
(6) 
The late penalties to be imposed; and
(7) 
Any and all other contractual terms as arranged between the Board of Assessors and the property owner.
D. 
All abatement agreements shall be signed by the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and the property owner, whose signatures shall be notarized, and attested to by Town Clerk.
E. 
Copies of all abatement agreements shall be provided to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue, the Board of Selectmen and the property owner.