Town of Southborough, MA
Worcester County
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The following is a list of General Laws and Acts of the Legislature accepted by the Town of Southborough:
Action Taken
Chapter or Act
Subject
3-23-1891
Ch. 386, Acts of 1890
Ballots
3-1-1909
Ch. 209, Acts of 1908
Forest fires
11-5-1912
Ch. 503, Acts of 1912
Pensioning laborers
11-4-1913
Ch. 807, Acts of 1913
Workmens' compensation
11-3-1914
Ch. 217, Acts of 1914
Vacations for laborers
11-3-1914
Ch. 634, Acts of 1911
Retirement system
11-3-1914
Ch. 790, Acts of 1914
Party enrollment
11-4-1914
Ch. 688, Acts of 1914
Saturday half holiday
3-1-1915
Ch. 807, Acts of 1913
Workmens' compensation
11-4-1919
Ch. 311G, Acts of 1919
Continuation of schools
8-6-1921
Ch. 591, §§ 27, 28, 29, Acts of 1920
Establish Fire Department
3-6-1922
MGL c. 54, § 6
Precincts
10-8-1923
Ch. 474, Acts of 1923
Fayville Fire/Water District
11-19-1926
Ch. 371, Acts of 1926
Railroad securities
4-18-1930
Ch. 133, Acts of 1930
Water supply
3-14-1938
MGL c. 54
Absentee voting
11-5-1946
Ch. 166, Acts of 1946
Equal pay for teachers
3-14-1955
MGL c. 41, § 97A
Establish Police Department and Chief of Police
3-14-1960
MGL c. 139 §§ 1-3
Burned/dangerous bridges
5-25-1960
MGL c. 40, § 8C
Conservation Commission
3-11-1963
MGL c. 40, § 8A
Industrial Development Commission
3-12-1963
Ch. 782, Acts of 1962
Accelerated Highway Program
3-8-1965
MGL c. 40, § 5B
Establish Stabilization Fund
3-15-1965
MGL c. 32B
Contributory group insurance
3-19-1969, Art. 47
MGL c. 40, § 8D
Establishment of Historical Commission
3-20-1972
Ch. 486, Acts of 1971
Beano
5-12-1975
MGL c. 40D
Industrial Development Financing Authority
9-3-1975
Ch. 586, Acts of 1975; MGL c. 41, § 41B
Town Treasurer/direct deposit
10-21-1977
Ch 665, Acts of 1977
Establish recreation/park service
4-13-1978
MGL c. 40, § 8E
Establish Youth Commission
4-13-1980
MGL c. 32B, § 10A
Group dental insurance
4-14-1980
MGL c. 32B, § 7A
Increase Town's share of the cost for municipal employees Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance from 50% to 75%
5-12-1980
MGL c. 258, § 13
Indemnification of municipal officers
4-13-1981, Art. 10
Ch. 217, Acts of 1980; MGL c. 40, § 4G
Bidding on public contracts
4-13-1981
MGL c. 71, § 71E
Adult education program
7-21-1981
Ch. 351, § 83, Acts of 1981
License amusement devices
12-7-1981
Ch. 605, Acts of 1981
Parking regulations
12-23-1981
MGL c. 90, § 20A
Parking regulations
1-18-1982
Ch. 809, Acts of 1981
Assistant Electrical Inspector
4-23-1982
Ch. 43, Acts of 1982; MGL c. 71. § 71F
Tuition for nonresident students
6-2-1982
MGL c. 148, § 26C
Heat detector
6-2-1982
MGL c. 148, § 26E
Heat detectors in private homes
12-15-1982
Ch. 545, Acts of 1982; MGL c. 148, § 26G
Automatic sprinklers
4-9-1984
MGL c. 59 § 5
Senior citizen homeowners tax exemption, $175
4-9-1984
MGL c. 41B § 5
Senior citizen homeowners tax abatement, $500
4-9-1984
MGL c. 37A, § 5
Blind homeowners tax abatement, $500
5-13-1985
MGL c. 32, § 9A
Payment by Town of one-half the premium costs for retired employees for insurance
1-27-1986, Art. 7
MGL, c. 64G, § 3A
Local occupancy excise 4%, effective 4-1-1986
4-14-1986
MGL c. 41, § 21A
Removal of Chief of Police or head of Municipal Police Department
4-13-1987
MGL c. 40 § 4H
Purchase of equipment from other government agencies
4-13-1987, Art. 34
Ch. 194, Acts of 1986
Scholarship fund
4-13-1987, Art. 37
Ch. 265, Acts of 1986; MGL c. 148, § 26H
Automatic sprinklers in boardinghouses
4-13-1987, Art. 48
Ch. 73, § 1, Clause 17D, Acts of 1986; MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 17D
Broader tax exemptions for surviving spouse, aged person or minor
4-13-1987, Art. 49
Ch. 73, § 3, Clause forty-first C, Acts of 1986; MGL c. 59, § 5
Property tax for those 70 years and over
4-13-1987, Art. 50
Ch. 640, Acts of 1985; MGL c. 40 § 57
License denial for failure to pay taxes or charges
4-11-1988, Art. 7
MGL c. 62F, § 4
Establish Land Bank and Housing Fund
4-12-1988, Art. 39
MGL c. 140, § 147 amended by Ch. 308, Acts of 1985
Town of Southborough assumes dog licensing responsibility
4-24-1990, Art. 24
Ch. 642, Acts of 1989; MGL c. 148, § 26I
Automatic sprinklers in new construction
4-30-1990, Art. 45
MGL c. 32, § 22D
Retirement system funding schedule
4-23-1990, Art. 47
Ch. 653, § 41, Acts of 1989; MGL c. 59, § 57c
Quarterly tax bills
4-8-1991
Ch. 291, Acts of 1990
Enhanced 911 service
4-8-1991
Ch. 245, Acts of 1988
Spending up to $100,000
4-8-1991
Ch. 213, Acts of 1989
Penalize those who abandon motor vehicles
4-8-1991
MGL c. 161B, § 3
Join Worcester Regional Transit Authority for elderly and handicapped
4-13-1992, Art. 9
Ch. 275, § 1, 2, Acts of 1990; MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Establish certain revolving funds for Sealer of Weights and Measures, plumbing and wiring
4-14-1992
MGL c. 161B, § 3
Join Worcester Regional Transit Authority
4-14-1992
MGL c. 33 § 59
Continuation of pay to employees in armed forces
4-14-1992
Ch. 138, § 123, Acts of 1991; MGL c. 40, § 22F
Setting municipal fees and charges
4-11-1994, Art. 38
Ch. 71, § 83, Acts of 1993
Teachers' early retirement incentive program
4-10-1995
MGL c. 40 § 8G
Mutual aid for Police Departments
4-8-1996, Art. 70
MGL c. 32B, § 9D 1\2
Group insurance coverage for surviving spouses of retirees
4-8-1996, Art. 71
MGL c. 32B, § 9D
Additional group insurance coverage for surviving spouses of retirees
4-8-1996, Art. 72
MGL c. 32B § 9I
Group insurance coverage for employees on military leave or active service
4-13-1998
MGL c. 40, § 13C
Workers' Compensation claim reserve fund
4-12-1999
MGL c. 41, § 108L
Acceptance of the Quinn Bill
4-15-1999
Ch. 653, § 40, Acts of 1989
Assessment of new buildings structures or physical improvements
4-15-1999
MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 18
Nonbinding resolution guidelines for determining hardship real estate tax exemptions
4-9-2002
MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 41A
Tax deferral for homeowners 65 years or older by amending an applicant's gross receipts from $20,000 to an amount not to exceed $40,000
4-9-2002
MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 17C 1/2
Increasing the exemption for certain senior citizens and surviving spouses and minors in accordance with the annual adjustment of the consumer price index
10-21-2002
MGL c. 59, § 5, Clause 41C
Change the senior option eligible age from 70 to 65 years and increasing the income and asset limits and the amount of exemption.
10-21-2002
MGL c. 59, § 5K
Amending the assistance under Senior Work Program from $500 to $750, effective for FY04
10-21-2002
MGL c. 60, § 3D
Providing a place on municipal tax bills for a voluntary checkoff of not less than $1 for establishing a town aid for the elderly and disabled taxation fund, effective 7-1-2003
5-12-2003
MGL c. 44B, §§ 3 - 7
Community Preservation Act
3-23-2004
MGL c. 32B, § 16
Optional insurance for services of health care organizations
4-11-2005, Art. 3
Ch. 491, Acts of 2004; MGL c. 44, § 55C
Affordable Housing Trust Fund
4-11-2005, Art. 8
Ch. 137, §§ 1, 2, 3, Acts of 2003
Military leaves of absence of Town employees
4-11-2005
MGL c. 40, § 4A
Authorizing municipality to enter into an intermunicipal joint purchasing agreement for provision of technology solutions and related consulting and support services
11-27-2006
MGL c. 39, § 23D
Voting at adjudicatory hearings of boards, commissions and committees
11-27-2006
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Revolving fund account to pay expenses of immunization and emergency dispensing clinics
4-10-2007, Art. 38
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Revolving fund account to pay expenses of Recreation Department
4-14-2008, Art. 8
MGL c. 40, § 3
Allowing Southborough School District to keep monies received from the rental of the school space in Neary School
4-17-2008, Art. 49
MGL c. 82A, § 2
Vote to designate the Board of Selectmen as the means by which the Town shall designate the board or officer to issue permits for creating trenches
4-17-2008, Art. 52
MGL c. 44, § 53D
Authorizing Recreation Revolving Account
4-14-2009, Art. 1
MGL c. 44, § 53E  1/2
Revolving fund account to cover Public Safety and Public Works departments’ costs incurred by responding to incidents involving hazardous material
4-14-2009, Art. 6
MGL c. 71, § 14E(3)
Approving amendment to the Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School District Agreement
9-29-2009, Art. 2
MGL c. 59, § 5K
Property tax liability reduced for persons over age 60 in exchange for volunteer services
9-29-2009, Art. 3
MGL c. 32B, § 18A
Requiring any future Medicare-eligible retiree who wishes to continue health care benefits to be transferred to a Medicare supplemental health plan offered by the Town
9-29-2009, Art. 11
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Revolving fund account for Conservation Commission local wetland filing fees
1-25-2011
MGL c. 48, § 59A
Fire Department aid to other municipalities and jurisdictions
4-12-2011, Art. 22
MGL c. 64G, § 3A
Local room occupancy excise tax at rate of 6%
4-12-2011, Art. 23
MGL c. 138, § 33B
Sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays beginning at 10:00 a.m.
4-12-2011, Art. 31
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Revolving fund for Department of Public Works for 9-11 Field Maintenance and usage and DCR annual fee to a maximum of $50,000
4-8-2013, Art. 4
MGL c. 30, § 12(b)
Authorize Board of Selectmen and/or Superintendent of Schools to enter into contracts in excess of three years
4-8-2013, Art. 12
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Revolving fund for Tobacco Control Program to allow the Board of Health to conduct periodic compliance checks with vendors to a maximum of $4,000
4-8-2013, Art. 13
MGL c. 40, § 13D
Reserve fund for Assabet Regional Vocational School District for compensated absences
4-8-2013, Art. 22
MGL c. 32B, § 20
Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund
4-16-2014, Art. 10
MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2
Revolving fund for technology fee from permits for the annual costs of municipal licensing/permitting software to a maximum of $40,000
4-12-2016, Art. 28
780 CMR 115.AA
MA Board of Building Regulations and Standards Stretch Energy Code, including future editions, amendments or modifications thereto, effective 1-1-2017
4-25-2017, Art. 38
MGL c. 53, § 9A
Nomination papers for cities or towns
The following is a chronological list of Special Acts and Resolves adopted in General Court pertaining to the Town of Southborough:
Year Enacted
Resolve or Chapter
Subject
1968
Ch. 513 of the Acts of 1966
Formation of a Vocational Regional School District
1976
Ch. 483
Combine and appoint Town Treasurer and Tax Collector
1981
Ch. 16
Additional license for sale of alcoholic beverages
1986
Ch. 479
Land on Framingham Road and Marlboro Road from MDC to town
1989
Ch. 638
Osgood T. Hadley Memorial Bridge (Route 9)
1991
Ch. 447
Establish a Department of Public Works
1995
Ch. 10
Election of Regional School Committee members
1996
Ch. 149
Parcel of land (Middle Road to Cordaville Road) for cemetery purposes
1996
Ch. 474, § 5
Robert R. Foley, Jr. Memorial Bridge (Route 85)
2001
Ch. 38
Establishing boundary line between Town of Southborough and Town of Westborough
2013
Ch. 134
Increasing the membership of the Board of Selectmen
2013
Ch. 177
Authorizing the Administrator to sign warrants
2014
Ch. 329
Additional license for sale of alcoholic beverages
2014
Ch. 330
Additional license for sale of alcoholic beverages
2016
Ch. 40
Additional license for sale of alcoholic beverages