Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately authorize estimated tax payments in certain cities and towns, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, any city or town undertaking a general revaluation of its property under a program approved by the commissioner of revenue for completion and implementation for fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighty-six; provided, however, that the commissioner of revenue is satisfied that full and fair valuations shall be established prior to February first, nineteen hundred and eighty-six for certification under paragraph (c) of section two A of chapter fifty-nine of the General Laws; and provided, further, that said commissioner certifies, in writing, that these conditions have been met, is hereby authorized to issue a first half notice of estimated tax in lieu of the actual assessment and issuance of the tax bill, and require the payment of such estimated tax, which shall in no event exceed fifty per cent of the tax payable during the preceding fiscal year. Upon the completion of such revaluation, but no later than April first, nineteen hundred and eighty-six, the assessors of such city or town shall establish the tax rate for fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighty-six. Payment of the balance of such tax bill, after credit is given for the estimated tax payment previously made, shall represent the second payment upon such bill that is payable on or before May first, nineteen hundred and eighty-six without payment of interest.
All provisions of law regarding the procedures for issuing, mailing and collecting tax assessments upon real and personal property and betterment assessments shall be applicable to the notice of estimated tax provided hereunder, including the payment of interest under section fifty-seven of said chapter fifty-nine. To the extent that any rights or remedies under law accrue from the date that the tax bill is issued, only the tax bill issued upon the establishment of the tax rate for fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighty-six shall govern such rights or remedies. The provisions of section twenty-one C of said chapter fifty-nine shall apply to the tax rate for fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighty-six established by such city or town.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of section one of this act, a city or town authorized to issue a notice of estimated tax in lieu of the tax bill for the fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighty-six may, with the prior written approval of the commissioner of revenue, require the payment of an estimated tax in excess of fifty per cent of the tax payable during fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighty-five to the extent that such excess represents one-half of the amount of tax accruing as a result of the loss of exemption from tax that had been granted in the preceding fiscal year.