[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Delinquent Taxpayers
[Adopted 5-13-1996 ATM, Art. 31 (Sec. 140.4 of the General Bylaws)]
The tax collector or other municipal official responsible for the records of all municipal taxes, assessments, betterments and other municipal charges hereinafter referred to as the tax collector, shall annually furnish to each department, board, commission or division, herein referred to as the licensing authority, that issues licenses or permits including renewals and transfers, a list of any person, corporation or business enterprises, hereinafter referred to as the party, that has neglected or refused to pay any local taxes, fees, assessments, betterments or other municipal charges for not less than a twelve-month period, and that such party has not filed in good faith a pending application or an abatement of such tax or a pending petition before the appellate tax board.
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 tax collector; provided, however, that written notice is given to the party and the tax 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 tax collector shall have the right to intervene in any hearing conducted with respect to such license denial, revocation or suspension.
Any findings made by the licensing authority with respect to such license denial, revocation or suspension shall be made only for the purposes of such proceedings and shall not be relevant to or introduced in any other proceeding at law, except for any appeal from such license denial, revocation or suspension. Any license or permit denial, suspended or revoked under this section shall not be reissued or renewed until licensing authority receives a certificate issued by the tax 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 as the date of issuance or 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 be given notice and a hearing as required by applicable provisions of law.
[Amended 5-11-2009 ATM, Art. 26]
The Town board may waive such denial, suspension or revocation if it finds there is no direct or indirect business interests 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 bylaw shall not apply to the following licenses and permits. All of the references in this section are to the general laws.
Open burning: MGL c. 48, § 13;
Bicycles 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 license: MGL c. 140, § 21E;
Dog licenses: MGL c. 140, § 137;
Fishing, hunting, trapping license: MGL c. 131, § 12;
Marriage license: MGL c. 207, § 28; and
Theatrical events, public exhibition permits: MGL c. 140, § 181.