Town of Ashland, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Ashland as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-29-2006 ATM, Art. 17]
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 59A of Chapter 59 of the General Laws, 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.
Property which may be the subject of tax abatement agreements pursuant to 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 Section 2 of Chapter 21E of the General Laws; and
C. 
Be zoned for commercial or industrial use.
A. 
The Treasurer/Collector is hereby authorized to negotiate agreements from the abatement of real estate taxes (hereinafter "Abatement Agreements") with owners of eligible properties, the terms of which Abatement Agreements shall be subject to approval by the Board of Selectmen for abatements not exceeding $50,000. Abatements above this amount shall also be subject to approval of Town Meeting. Abatement Agreements may allow for reductions in outstanding taxes, interest and/or penalties. 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 Treasurer/Collector 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 Treasurer/Collector and the property owner.
B. 
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 the Town Clerk. 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.