Town of Sharon, MA
Norfolk County
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[The following is a list of General Laws and Acts of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts accepted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Sharon or specifically applicable to the Town of Sharon as indicated.]
Vol./
Page
ATM Article
Date Accepted
Reference
Subject
Acts of 1869, c. 366
Impounding cattle
5/74
8-4-1873
Betterment law of the Commonwealth
5/186
3-1-1880
Betterment Act
5/186
3-1-1880
Truancy Law
5/442
1-17-1891
Acts of 1980, c. 386
Ballots
5/453
3-2-1891
Acts of 1888, c. 431
Employment of Superintendent of Schools
5/475
3-7-1892
Acts of 1869, c. 169
Acts of 1871, c. 382
Betterment Act
6/2
1-24-1894
Acts of 1893, c. 417, § 271
Road Commissioners (revoked 3-4-1895)
6/106
1-27-1896
Acts of 1893, c. 417, § 271
Road Commissioners (revoked)
6/181
3-1-1897
Acts of 1896, c. 190
Tree Warden
6/262
12-28-1898
Acts of 1898, c. 332, c. 548
Highway Surveyor, 1 year
6/441
11-20-1902
Acts of 1902, c. 346
Moderator
7/4
3-7-1904
R.L. c. 101, §§ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Removal of buildings - same power as given Board of Health by R.L. c. 75, §§ 6, 7, 8, 9
7/165
3-4-1907
R.L. c. 11, § 339
Choosing of Board of Assessors
7/225
6-22-1908
R.L. c. 25, § 22, as amended by Acts of 1908, c. 452
Street watering
7/262
3-1-1909
Acts of 1908, c. 209
Protection of forest or sprout land from fires
8/46
3-4-1912
Acts of 1910, c. 624
Town Accountant
8/101
11-5-1912
Acts of 1912, c. 503
Pensioning laborers
8/127
3-3-1913
Acts of 1911, c. 367
Use of school halls for other than school purposes
8/170
11-4-1913
Acts of 1913, c. 807
Workmen's Compensation
8/188
3-2-1914
Acts of 1913, c. 807
Workmen's Compensation
8/188
3-2-1914
Acts of 1913, c. 487
Call men - promotion
8/188
3-2-1914
Acts of 1911, c. 494
Eight-hour workday
8/235
11-3-1914
Acts of 1914, c. 217
Laborers' vacations
11-3-1914
Acts of 1914, c. 688
Saturday half holiday
1914
Acts of 1914, c. 790
Party enrollment abolished
1914
R.L. c. 48, §§ 58-64
Jurisdiction of towns over highways and county bridges
8
3-5-1917
Acts of 1916, c. 240
Eight-hour workday, Acts of 1911, c. 494, as accepted 3-2-1914
9/46
3-11-1918
R.L. c. 25, §§ 20, 21
Public baths
9/110
3-13-1919
Acts of 1919, c. 151
Operation of street railroad line and system of transportation by motor vehicles
9/114
7-2-1919
Acts of 1918, c. 288
Contribution to NC&S Railroad Co.
9/126
11-4-1919
Acts of 1919, c. 311
Continuation schools
9/133
2-10-1920
Acts of 1916, c. 293
Jitney Act
9/162
7-20-1920
Acts of 1920, c. 240
Sports on Lord's Day
9/225
3-13-1922
MGL c. 136, §§ 7, 8
Sunday licenses
9/267
3-12-1923
MGL c. 143, § 3
Building restrictions
9/293
3-10-1924
Acts of 1923, c. 391
Collection of water rates
10/164
3-9-1931
MGL c. 41, § 73
Board of Survey
10/124
3-10-1930
Acts of 1927, c. 212
Appointment by Selectmen of a Special Town Forest Committee
10/270
7-23-1934
MGL c. 40, § 6B
Appropriations for police and fire uniforms
10/214
3-13-1933
MGL c. 31, §§ 48, 49
Civil service for police
10
1-28-1935
MGL c. 131, § 105
Suspension of Steel Trap Law
11
3-13-1939
MGL c. 54, § 102A
Absentee voting at Town elections
11
3-6-1950
MGL c. 40, § 6C
Snow removal on private ways
12
3-12-1951
Acts of 1950, c. 538
Temporary repairs of private ways
Art. 45
3-5-1951
Acts of 1950, c. 820
12
3-5-1951
Acts of 1949
Vacation for police and fire
13
3-9-1953
MGL c. 41, § 38A
Town Collector
13
3-12-1953
Rescind 1944 vote on Planning Board and establish Board of Park Commissioners at next election
13
Art. 48
3-12-1953
Restrict parking at Lake
3-1-1954
Tenure of Office of Town Clerk
3-1-1954
Department of Public Works
15
3-5-1956
MGL c. 32B
Group life insurance
15
Art. 31
3-12-1956
Acts of 1955, c. 670
Increase in annual pensions for certain former employees
15
Art. 33
3-12-1956
Acts of 1956, c. 131
Act authorizing Town to pay a sum of money to Alfred V. Healy
15
Art. 50
3-12-1956
MGL c. 40A, § 20
Two years must elapse before the Board of Appeals' unfavorable decision may be reconsidered.
3-11-1957
MGL c. 40, §§ 42G, 42H, 42I
Special assessments- betterments
3-3-1958
Tenure for Town Accountant
15
Art. 40
3-10-1959
MGL c. 40, § 8C
Establishment of Conservation Commission
15
Art. 54
3-10-1959
MGL c. 48, §§ 42, 43, 44
Establish a Fire Chief
Art. 48
3-9-1959
Establish a Personnel Board
16
Art. 29
3-15-1960
Acts of 1950, c. 740
Payroll deductions for union dues
16
Art. 45
3-13-1962
Acts of 1961, c. 322
Towing vehicles in violation of the law
17
Art. 47
3-11-1963
MGL c. 40, § 8A
Establish a Development and Industrial Commission
17
Art. 31
3-10-1964
MGL c. 40, § 6J
Appropriation of money for storm weather clothes
17
Art. 11
9-8-1965
MGL c. 40A, § 8
Two years must elapse before a zoning change may be reconsidered.
18
Art. 63
3-25-1968
MGL c. 152, § 69
Workers' compensation
18
Art. 28
3-9-1971
Acts of 1970, c. 835
MGL c. 41, § 108L
Career incentive pay program for full-time police officers
Art. 14
3-14-1973
MGL c. 44, § 53C
Revolving fund for payment of police officers for off-duty work
Art. 26
4-15-1975
MGL c. 41, § 100D (Acts of 1978, c. 512, repeals §§ 100C to 100F, inclusive, of Acts of 1978, c. 258)
Indemnification of employees for damages arising from operation of municipally owned motor vehicles
Art. 27
4-15-1975
MGL c. 90, § 18A
Pedestrians right of way
Art. 14
4-12-1976
MGL c. 90, § 20C
Three-way tags for parking violations
4-5-1977
Acts of 1976
Police exempt from civil service
Art. 30
4-19-1977
MGL c. 40, § 15C
Scenic roads
Art. 35
4-20-1978
Acts of 1975, c. 808
MGL c. 40A; MGL c. 40, §§ 32, 32A
The Zoning Act
Art. 42
4-30-1980
MGL c. 148, § 26E
Automatic smoke or heat detectors
Art. 41
4-30-1980
MGL c. 148, § 26C
Automatic smoke or heat detectors
12-10-1979
MGL c. 40, § 8G
Mutual aid programs for Police Department
4-14-1980
MGL c. 258, § 13
Indemnification of municipal officers
Art. 5A
6-10-1981
MGL c. 41, § 69B
Self-sufficient Water Department
Art. 1
6-10-1981
MGL c. 71, § 71E
Revolving account - adult education and summer school
6-11-1981
Acts of 1980, c. 217
MGL c. 40, § 4G
Increase bid limit to $4,000 for equipment supplies or materials contracts
9-8-1981
MGL c. 90, § 20A 1/2
Parking violations
Art. 24
4-11-1984
MGL c. 44, § 53D
Revolving fund for Recreation Department
Art. 16
10-24-1983
MGL c. 71, § 71F (added by Acts of 1982, c. 43)
Revolving fund from state reimbursements for costs related to the education of foster care and nonresident students
Art. 17
10-24-1983
MGL c. 40, § 8E
Establishment of Youth Commission
Art. 21
10-21-1985
MGL c. 41, § 41B
Direct deposit of employee paychecks
10-21-1985
Acts of 1985, c. 188, § 13
Grant program - public schools
12-2-1985
MGL c. 64G, § 3A
Impose a local room occupancy excise at the rate of 4%
11-17-1986
MGL c. 32B, § 7A
Town, in addition to payment of 50% contributory group life and health insurance, to pay a subsidiary or additional rate
4-15-1987
MGL c. 60A, § 1
Excise tax exemption for motor vehicles owned and registered by a former prisoner of war
5-9-1988
MGL c. 71, § 40
$20,000 minimum salary rate provisions (teachers)
Art. 14
5-9-1988
Acts of 1988, c. 220, 221, 222
Appointment of Treasurer/Collector
Art. 35
5-11-1988
MGL c. 41, § 100G 1/4
Payment of funeral and burial expenses of police officers and firefighters
Art. 36
5-11-1988
MGL c. 140, § 147A
Town withdrawal from County dog system as of January 1, 1989
Art. 35
5-10-1989
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41C
Broadening eligibility requirements for tax reductions for income-eligible people over 70 years of age
Art. 36
5-10-1989
Acts of 1986, c. 73, § 4
MGL c. 58, § 8A; MGL c. 59, § 5
100% increase in exemptions for veterans, disabled and income-eligible people over 70 years of age
Art. 37
5-10-1989
Acts of 1987, c. 626
MGL c. 40, § 58
Municipal charges liens; placing of liens on certain properties for a local charge or fee that has not been paid by the due date
Art. 38
5-10-1989
MGL c. 167F, § 2
Granting or renewing of certain licenses and permits
Art. 38.
5-10-1989
Acts of 1985, c. 640
Granting or renewing of certain licenses and permits
Art. 40
5-10-1989
MGL c. 148, §§ 26G, 26H
Installation of automatic sprinklers in nonresidential buildings
Art. 38
5-8-1990
MGL c. 40, § 8J
Establish a Commission on Handicapped Affairs
5-13-1991
MGL c. 41, § 19J
Compensation of Town Clerks who serve as Registrars of Voters
Art. 38
5-14-1991
Acts of 1990, c. 291
911 service
5-13-1991
MGL c. 59, § 5; MGL c. 73, § 4 (Acts of 1986, c. 126; Acts of 1988)
Relief from the impact of revaluation
Art. 41
5-11-1992
MGL c. 32B, § 18
Retirees required to enroll in a Medicare health benefits supplement plan offered by the Town
Art. 6
5-11-1993
MGL c. 32, § 22D
Establishment of a retirement system funding schedule to reduce the unfunded actuarial liability of the system
Art. 42
5-12-1993
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 17D
Exemption of $2,000 on the property valuation or the sum of $175, whichever results in the abatement of the greater amount of tax due
Art. 43
5-12-1993
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41A
Limit of $35,000 as the maximum amount of qualifying gross receipts to qualify for Clause 41 deferral (tax deferral clause)
Art. 26
5-10-1994
MGL c. 41, § 81U
Subdivision bonds or deposits made available to the Town for expenditure to meet cost and expenses of the municipality in completing the work as specified in the approved plan
Art. 42
5-10-1994
MGL c. 40, §§ 42A-42F
Permit collection of unpaid water charges and also to add a lien fee of $50 to those accounts certified by the Board of Assessors
Art. 49
5-10-1994
MGL c. 40, § 13C
Establishment of Workers' Compensation Claims Reserve Funds and elect to self-insure its Workers' Compensation Program
Art. 28
5-8-1995
MGL c. 40, § 42J
Deferral of water charges for people over 65 who apply for and receive an exemption from property taxes under MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41A
Art. 36
5-11-1998
MGL c. 44, § 53A
Animal Assistance Fund
Art. 37
5-11-1998
Acts of 1989, c. 287, § 54
MGL c. 131, § 40
Conservation Commission to expend a sum of money from the "Reserve for Appropriation for Wetlands Protection Fund" Account
Art. 29
5-4-1999
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Tax Title Fund
Art. 30
5-4-1999
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Library Public-Use Supplies Replacement Fund
Art. 31
5-4-1999
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Gun Licensing Fund
Art. 25
5-8-2000
Acts of 1999, c. 127, § 59
Property tax work-off program for senior citizens
Art. 24
11-20-2000
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Parking Lot Fund
Art. 36
5-7-2001
MGL c. 40, § 22F
Municipal boards or officers to fix reasonable fees or charges for licenses, permits, etc.
Art. 38
5-7-2001
MGL c. 40, § 22A
Increase fines for unauthorized parking spaces designated for the disabled to $200 (effective when petitioned by the General Court)
Art. 39
5-7-2001
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 54
Minimum fair cash value taxes
Art. 5
5-12-2003
MGL c. 32B, § 9D 1/2
Surviving spouse insurance percentage
Art. 6
5-12-2003
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41C
Tax exemptions to senior citizens owning real property
Art. 37
5-29-2003
MGL c. 54, § 16A
Town Clerk to appoint election workers to fill vacancies
Art. 41
5-29-2003
MGL c. 44, § 53 1/2
Board of Health revolving fund-wastewater disposal installation
Art. 17
5-3-2004
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41C, as authorized by Acts of 2002, c. 184, § 51
Senior citizens tax exemption
Art. 19
5-3-2004
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41A
Criteria for deferment of property taxes
Art. 21
5-3-2004
Acts of 1986, c. 73, § 4, as amended by Acts of 1988, c. 126
Additional real estate exemptions
Art 22
5-3-2004
MGL c. 44B, §§ 3-7
Community Preservation Act (CPA) (ratified on 11-2-2004 ballot)
Art 31
5-3-2004
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Library-Use Supplies Revolving Fund; Street Opening Fund; Cable TV Licensing and Relicensing Fund; Conservation Commission Advertising Revolving Fund; Library Materials Replacement Fund; Recreation Programs Revolving Fund; Parking Lot Fund; Board of Health Fund; Health Department Revolving Fund; School Bus Revolving Fund; Recycling Fund
Art. 26
5-2-2005
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41A
Art. 27
5-2-2005
MGL c. 59, § 5K (as approved in S.B. 384)
Property tax liability reduction in exchange for volunteer services by persons over age 60
Art. 43
5-2-2005
Acts of 2004, c. 291, pursuant to MGL c. 90, § 34
Disposition of fees
Art. 21
11-13-2006
MGL c. 40, § 4A
Intermunicipal agreement, Board of Health
Art. 23
5-1-2006
MGL c. 44, § 55C
Affordable Housing Trust Fund
Art. 12
11-13-2006
MGL c. 39, § 23D
Attendance at adjudicatory hearings for boards and committees
Art. 25
5-7-2007
MGL c. 41, § 110A
Town Clerk's office closing on Saturdays
Art. 15
11-5-2007
MGL c. 43D, § 11 (added by Acts of 2006, c. 205)
Transfer of permits; renewals; modification; expiration
Art. 7
5-5-2008
MGL c. 59, § 57C
Establishment of quarterly tax payments for real estate and personal property
Art. 8
5-5-2008
MGL c. 44, § 53F 1/2
Establishing a Water Department Utility Enterprise Fund
Art. 31
5-5-2008
MGL c. 82A, § 2
Trenches
Art. 16
11-17-2008
MGL c. 60, § 15
Written demands
Art. 17
11-17-2008
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 41A
Tax deferral-circuit breaker
Art. 13
5-4-2009
Acts of 1989, c. 653, § 40 [amending MGL c. 59, § 2A(a)]
Tax on land/real property as of January 1
Art. 14
5-4-2009
MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 54 (added by Acts of 2000, c. 159)
Semi-annual tax payments for real estate and personal property and establishing a minimum fair cash value requirement of $2,000 for personal property
Art. 30
5-4-2009
Acts of 1986, c. 73, § 4, as amended by Acts of 1988, c. 126 and Acts of 2000, c. 380
Real estate exemptions sufficient to cover the costs incurred by the Town (bus fees)
Art. 10
5-3-2010
Home Rule legislation: "An Act to Exempt the Position of Deputy Police Chief from the Provisions of Chapter 31"
Art. 3
5-2-2011
Special Home Rule legislation: "An Act to Exempt the Town of Sharon from Certain Provisions of Chapter 71, Sec. 68"; to charge fees to transport students, up to an amount sufficient to cover the costs incurred by the Town, etc.
Board of Selectmen
9-20-2011
MGL c. 40, § 4J
Public safety mutual aid agreement
Board of Selectmen
9-20-2011
MGL c. 40, § 4K
Public works municipal mutual aid agreement
Art. 2
11-14-2011
MGL c. 60, § 3D
Donations on tax bills; taxation fund to defray the real estate taxes of elderly and disabled persons of low income
Art. 2
5-7-2012
Special Home Rule Petition to amend Section 1 of Chapter 431 of the Acts of 1988 by reducing the required seating capacity for restaurants and function rooms licensed to serve all alcoholic beverages from 50 persons to 18 persons (Chapter 311)
Art. 16
5-7-2012
Acts of 1986, c. 73, § 4, as amended by Acts of 1988, c. 126 and Acts of 2000, c. 380
Real estate exemptions for property tax exemptions to equal to 100%
Art. 18
5-7-2012
MGL c. 59, § 5K
Allowing a representative for persons physically unable to participate in the tax work-off program to perform work for the Town in exchange for reduction of the real property tax
Art. 6
5-6-2013
MGL c. 40, § 13D
Establish, appropriate or transfer money to a reserve fund for the future payment of accrued liabilities for compensated absences due any employee or full-time officer of the Town upon termination of the employee's or full-time officer's employment
Art. 8
5-6-2013
MGL c. 64G, § 3(a)
Local room occupancy excise at the rate of 6%
Art. 18
5-6-2013
MGL c. 59, § 5N
Authorize the Board of Selectmen to establish a program to allow veterans to volunteer to provide services to the Town in exchange for reduction of the real property tax obligations of that veteran on the veteran's tax bills, in addition to any exemption or abatement to which that person is otherwise entitled; Town to adjust the exemption by allowing an approved representative for persons physically unable to provide such services to the Town
Art. 19
5-6-2013
MGL c. 60A, § 1
Exempting excise tax on motor vehicles owned and registered by a resident who is in active and full-time military service as a member in the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard, Army or Air, of any state, and has been deployed or stationed outside the territorial boundaries of the continental United States for a period of at least 45 days in a calendar year
Art. 20
5-6-2013
MGL c. 60A, § 9
Deferral of excise tax for National Guard members or reservists or dependents while member is on active service outside the commonwealth and for a period of up to 180 days after completion of that service
Art. 14
5-3-2016
Acts of 1986, c. 73, § 4, as amended
Real estate tax exemptions
Art. 3
5-1-2017
MGL c. 59, § 5K, as amended by Acts of 2016, c. 218, § 127
Reduction in property tax liability in exchange for volunteer services by persons over age 60
Art. 26
5-1-2017
MGL c. 40, § 13E
Permitting the establishment of, and appropriation or transfer of money to, a reserve fund to pay unanticipated or unbudgeted costs of special education, out-of-district tuition or transportation
Art. 6
11-6-2017
MGL c. 32B, § 20
Other post-employment benefit (OPEB) funds
8-9-2018
Acts of 2018, c. 178
Authorizing the Town to change the use of a certain parcel of land acquired for outdoor recreational purposes to a use for general municipal purposes
Board of Selectmen
3-5-2019
MGL c. 48, § 59A
Aid to other municipalities
Art. 16
5-6-2019
MGL c. 40, § 57
Denial, revocation or suspension of local licenses and permits for failure to pay municipal taxes or charges
Art. 19
5-6-2019
MGL c. 48, § 58E
Residency requirements for firefighters