[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Belchertown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Failure to Pay Taxes or Charges
[Adopted 5-11-1987 ATM by Art. 28 (Ch. III, Art. 14 of the 1985 Compendium of Bylaws)]
[Amended 5-8-2017 ATM by Art. 19]
The Treasurer-Collector shall periodically furnish to each department, board, commission or division, hereinafter referred to as the "licensing authority," that issues licenses or permits, including renewals and transfers, a list of any person, corporation or business enterprise, hereinafter referred to as the "party," that has neglected or refused to pay any local taxes, fees, assessments, betterments or other municipal charges and that such party has not filed in good faith a pending application for an abatement of such tax or a pending petition before the Appellate Tax Board.
[Amended 5-8-1995 ATM by Art. 24]
The licensing authority may deny, revoke or suspend any license or permit, including renewals and transfers, of any party whose name appears on said list furnished to the licensing authority from the Treasurer-Collector or any license or permit with respect to any activity, event or other matter which is the subject of such license or permit and which activity, event or other matter is carried out or exercised or is to be carried out or exercised on or about real estate whose owner has neglected or refused to pay any local taxes, fees, assessments, betterments or any other municipal charges; provided, however, that written notice is given to the party and the Treasurer-Collector, as required by applicable provisions of law, and the party is given a hearing, to be held not earlier than 14 days after said notice.
Said list shall be prima facie evidence for denial, revocation or suspension of said license or permit to any party. The Treasurer-Collector shall have the right to intervene in any hearing conducted with respect to such license denial, revocation or suspension. Any license or permit denied, suspended or revoked under this article shall not be reissued or renewed until the licensing authority receives a certificate issued by the Treasurer-Collector that the party is in good standing with respect to any and all local taxes, fees, assessments, betterments or other municipal charges payable to the Town of Belchertown as of the date of issuance of said certificate.
Any party shall be given an opportunity to enter into a payment agreement, thereby allowing the licensing authority to issue a certificate indicating said limitations to the license or permit, and the validity of said license shall be conditioned upon the satisfactory compliance with said agreement. Failure to comply with said agreement shall be grounds for the suspension or revocation of said license or permit; provided, however, that the holder shall be given notice and a hearing as required by applicable provisions of law.
The Board of Selectmen may waive such denial, suspension or revocation if it finds that there is no direct or indirect business interest by the property owner, its officers or stockholders, if any, or members of his immediate family, as defined in MGL c. 268A, § 1, in the business or activity conducted in or on said property.
This article shall not apply to the following licenses and permits:
Open burning, MGL c. 48, § 13.
Bicycle permits, MGL c. 85, § 11A.
Sales of articles for charitable purposes, MGL c. 101, § 33.
Children work permits, MGL c. 149, § 69.
Clubs, associations dispensing food or beverage licenses, MGL c. 140, § 21E.
Dog licenses, MGL c. 140, § 137.
Fishing, hunting and trapping licenses, MGL c. 131, § 12.
Marriage licenses, MGL c. 207, § 28.
Theatrical events and public exhibition permits, MGL c. 140, § 181.