Town of Foxborough, MA
Norfolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Foxborough as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Historic districts — See Ch. 145.
[Adopted as Art. V, § 17, of the General Bylaws]
A special property tax assessment is hereby created for substantial rehabilitation of owner-occupied residential property listed on the State Register of Historic Places (State Register). The increase in assessed value resulting from substantial rehabilitation of eligible properties shall be phased in 1/5 increments over a period of five years to the full assessed value of the property. The special assessment shall extend only the buildings or structures that are rehabilitated.
In order to be eligible for the special assessment, property must meet the following criteria:
The property to be rehabilitated must be occupied by the owner exclusively for residential purposes and be listed on the State Register which is maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) pursuant to MGL c. 9, § 26C, either individually or as a contributing element within an historic district.
The cost of rehabilitation, as that term is defined in 950 CMR 72.04, the applicable provision of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, must be not less than 25% of the assessed value of the property prior to rehabilitation. Not less than 10% of the cost of rehabilitation shall be dedicated to rehabilitation of the exterior of the historic building.
The property owners must present to the Assessors a certificate from the MHC stating that the proposed rehabilitation meets the Secretary of the Interior's standards.
To be eligible for the special assessment, a property owner shall submit an application, on a form provided by the Assessors, which includes the following information:
Certification from the MHC that the rehabilitation as proposed meets the Secretary of the Interior's guidelines;
Proof of the applicant's ownership and occupancy of the subject property;
The total actual or proposed cost of rehabilitation;
The property's assessed value prior to the rehabilitation; and
Such other information as the Assessors may from time to time require.
Within 60 days of receipt of a completed application, the Assessors shall determine whether the proposed rehabilitation meets the eligibility criteria set forth in § 241-2, and will notify the owner of their decision in writing. The Assessors shall grant final approval of the special assessment upon receipt of the certification described in 950 CMR 72.08(2) and compliance with the requirements of this bylaw. Within 90 days of completion of the rehabilitation, the property owner shall provide to the Assessors a certification that the completed work conforms with the proposed rehabilitation and meets the Secretary of the Interior's standards. The owner shall obtain such certification from the MHC, or from the Foxborough Historical Commission if the property is in an historic district, or is a designated landmark, or is otherwise subject to a preservation restriction or ordinance.
The special assessment will take effect on the first day of the next fiscal year after the assessment is approved by the Assessors.
An owner shall apply for the special assessment no later than two years after completion of the rehabilitation certified by the MHC.
In order to be included in the total cost of rehabilitation as defined in 950 CMR 72.04, all rehabilitation work must be completed within a three-year period.
[Adopted 5-12-2014 ATM by Art. 18 (Art. V, § 19, of the General Bylaws)]
[Amended 5-8-2017 ATM by Art. 10]
The Senior Tax Program allows the Town of Foxborough the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills of its senior residents in exchange for credit toward the residents' tax bill. The purposes of this program are to enhance municipal services and alleviate senior residents' tax burdens. A qualified resident will be paid toward a maximum gross credit of $1,500 per household during the fiscal year.
The Senior Tax Program is available to Foxborough residents who:
Have reached age 60 and over; and
Pay real estate taxes to the Town of Foxborough on their primary residence; and
Can produce a copy of a current real estate tax bill.
The Foxborough Senior Tax Program is a jobs program. Qualified seniors, or their designee if the senior is physically unable to perform the job, will be hired to work for Town departments, including the schools. The Council on Aging and Human Services (COA/HS) will work with the departments and applicants to develop specific jobs, conduct interviews, and place qualified people. Each department will be contacted and asked to review their service procedures and requirements to determine whether they may benefit from the assistance of a senior resident.
[Amended 5-8-2017 ATM by Art. 10]
The Subcommittee of the Senior Tax Program, the Town Manager, and the Board of Selectmen will approve the specific criterion and guidelines.
Applicants will be referred to departments based on their skills and the needs of the departments. Jobs will be offered based on qualifications and availability.
[Amended 5-8-2017 ATM by Art. 10]
A maximum gross amount of $1,500, less required federal withholdings, per tax year to be applied as a rebate to each resident's Town of Foxborough property tax.
One hundred twenty-five hours worked will earn the gross credit of $1,500.
The application procedure shall be as follows:
A review to determine eligibility and an application form.
An initial interview with COA/HS staff.
A referral by COA/HS staff to the department.
Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements.
Applications must be filled out completely.
A copy of the applicant's most recent field card requested from Assessor's Office by COA/HS must accompany application.
Referrals by the COA/HS must be made based on the applicant's skills, preferences and the needs/availability of jobs in the departments.
Placement by the COA/HS must be decided based on the match of the applicant's skills with the interest of the various departments.
Each applicant will have a maximum of two interviews. Applicants have the right to refuse placements or to defer placement pending the possibility of other opportunities. However, there is no guarantee other positions will become available.
Prior to the applicant beginning his/her job placement, the COA/HS office will work with applicant to ensure the required employee forms (19, W4, OBRA, policy documents) and a new hire personal action form is complete and forwarded to Human Resources.
Human Resources will verify that all required paperwork is complete and send final sign off to COA/HS. Applicant will be added as a Town employee.
Once a person is placed, that person will be responsible to the appropriate department head. The department head will assign all duties and evaluate job performance.
All qualified applicants must be treated equally regarding their opportunity for referrals, interviews, and placement, regardless of their race, age, religion, national origin and gender.
Applicants shall submit all hours worked in a calendar year to the COA/HS office by November 1 in order to receive credit on third and fourth quarter tax bills. COA/HS shall submit hours worked via the Town's payroll process.
The Town Financial Director's Office will process the appropriate transactions to issue credit that is the net of the earned amount less federal tax, Medicare, and OBRA withholdings.
Participants must have their own transportation.
Applicants must be CORI-checked.
The COA/HS office shall keep organized files for each participant and shall maintain a record for each participant which includes the number of hours of service and the total amount by which the real property tax has been reduced. A copy of such record shall be provided:
To the Assessor so that the tax bill may reflect the reduced rate; and
To the taxpayer prior to the issuance of the actual tax bill.
To protect the privacy rights of applicants and the fairness of the program, information regarding any particular job referrals, job interviews or job placements shall only be released officially through the COA/HS office.