Town of Watertown, MA
Middlesex County
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[Ord. 711, passed 1-10-1989; amended Ord. 40, passed 8-16-1994]
The purpose of this subchapter is to authorize the town, through its licensing authorities, to deny, revoke or suspend any local license or permit, of any party who has neglected or refused to pay any local fees, assessments, betterments or other municipal charges, or any license or permit with respect to which the licensed or permitted activity, event or matter is carried out or exercised or is to be carried out or exercised on or about real estate owned by any party who has neglected or refused to pay any local fees, assessment, betterments or other municipal charges.
[Ord. 711, passed 1-10-1989; amended Ord. 40, passed 8-16-1994]
For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indites or requires a different meaning.
LICENSE or PERMIT
Any license or permit, including renewals and transfers, issued by any licensing authority in the town except those licenses specifically excepted by Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 40, § 57.
LICENSING AUTHORITY
The Town Manager, the Town Clerk, and the Watertown Licensing Board or any other board, commission, department or division of the town responsible for the issuing of any license or permit.
PARTY
Any person, corporation or business enterprise.
[Ord. 711, passed 1-10-1989; amended Ord. 40, passed 8-16-1994]
The Tax Collector shall annually furnish to each licensing authority a list of all parties that have failed to pay any local taxes, fees, assessments, betterment or other municipal charges for not less than a twelve-month period, including, where applicable, identification of the real estate which is the subject of such tax, fee, assessment, betterment or other municipal charge. The list shall not include the name of any party that has filed an application for an abatement of such tax or a petition with the appellate tax board.
[Ord. 711, passed 1-10-1989; amended Ord. 40, passed 8-16-1994]
The licensing authority may deny, revoke, suspend or refuse to renew or transfer any license or permit of any party named on the list furnished by the Tax Collector, or any license or permit with respect to which the licensed or permitted activity, event or matter is carried out or exercised or is to be carried out or exercised on or about real estate owned by any party named on the list, provided written notice is given to the party and the Tax Collector, and a hearing is held not earlier than 14 days after the notice. The Tax Collector may participate in any such hearing conducted by the licensed authority. Any findings made by the licensing authority with respect to a license denial, revocation or suspension shall be made only for the purpose of the proceeding and shall not be relevant to or introduced in any other proceeding, except for an appeal from such action.
[Ord. 711, passed 1-10-1989; amended Ord. 40, passed 8-16-1994]
(A) 
Any license or permit that has been denied, suspended or revoked shall not be reissued or renewed until the licensing authority receives a certificate issued by the Tax Collector which states that the party is on good standing with respect to any and all taxes, fees, assessments, betterments or other municipal charges, payable to the municipality as of the date of the issuance of the certificate.
(B) 
Any party shall be given the opportunity to enter into a payment agreement, thereby allowing the licensing authority to issue a certificate indicating the limitation to the license or permit. The validity of the license shall be conditioned upon the satisfactory compliance with the agreement. Failure to comply with the agreement shall be grounds for the suspension or revocation of the license or permit, after proper notice and hearing.
[1982 Code, Ch. III, § 7]
No board, committee or officer having charge of any work, the payment for which is in any part to be contributed by private citizens, shall perform such work until a sum has been deposited with the town officer, upon estimate made by such board, committee or officer, sufficient to cover the payment of the portion of the work chargeable to such private citizens.