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We Wish You a Grand and Glorious Fourth!

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As we normally do on the 4th of July, we’d like to quote the words of John Adams written in a letter to Abigail Adams, just after the Continental Congress had voted for independence (which it did on July 2nd):

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

We wish you and yours a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

Our Office will be closed from July 3, 2024 through July 12, 2024.

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Matt provides municipal perspective in recent Lawyer Weekly Article

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Matt recently provided the municipal perspective in a May 31, 2024 Lawyers Weekly Article entitled “In Mass., response to “Tyler” on tax takings has been slow in coming”. The link to read the article is In Mass., response to ‘Tyler’ on tax takings has been slow in coming | Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (masslawyersweekly.com)

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Matt presents MAAO Webinar on Real Estate Tax Implications of Leasing Municipal Property

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On May 15, 2024, Matt presented a Webinar to over 120 members of the MAAO on the real estate tax implications of leasing Municipal Property. During the Webinar Matt discussed the application of the provisions of General Laws Chapter 59, Section 2B to municipal property leases and licenses for solar facilities, cell towers, and outdoor advertising.

Matt would like to thank all of the attendees for their participation during the presentation, and for their excellent questions. Special thanks as well to MAAO President R. Lane Partridge and MAAO Executive Director, Kathleen Costello.

For a copy of the presentation please follow the link – Real Estate Tax Implications of Leasing Municipal Property 240515-1 or visit the “Resources” section of our website.

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Matt presents during recent MCLE Webinar

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Matt would like to thank Asst. Attorney General Kendra Kinscherf and John D. Finnegan, Esq. for joining him on Monday, March 11, 2024 to present the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Webinar “Tax Foreclosure in Massachusetts Following Tyler v. Hennepin County“. The Webinar drew over 70 registrants.

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Matt Successfully Represents Seven Municipalities in ATB Claims Involving over $210 Million of Value

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Matt recently successfully represented the City of Fall River, and the Towns of Carver, Dover, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Marion, and Mattapoisett before the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board regarding the denial of Applications for Abatements of Personal Property Tax filed by Eversource and its associated entities. Eversource had attacked the assessed values of personal property such as electric substations, transformers, and new gas lines, along with the methodology used by the municipalities to determine the assessed values. Eversource’s claims potentially impacted a total of approximately $210 Million of assessed value and approximately $3.5 Million in personal property taxes in these municipalities.

Matt would like to thank the MAAO 504 Committee and MAAO Leadership for the substantial efforts in attempting to negotiate a resolution of the matters statewide. When the negotiations subsequently broke down, Matt appeared at the ATB on behalf of the various municipalities and through Matt’s representation he was able to facilitate withdrawal of the claims by Eversource.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2023!

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We’d like to thank all of our clients for giving us the opportunity to provide legal services to them during the past year, and for their cooperation and collaboration.

We’d also like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Our office will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2023 and Friday, November 24, 2023.

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Matt’s Article Regarding Massachusetts Chapterland Changes Appears MAAO Fall 2023 Newsletter

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Matt’s article, entitled “Chapter 268 0f the Acts of 2022 Brings Important Changes to the Chapterland Application Process” was published in the Fall 2023 issue of the MAAO Newsletter. Matt would like to thank R. Lane Partridge, MAAO President, Bill Mitchell, MAAO Secretary, and Kathy Costello, MAAO Executive Director, for the opportunity to submit to MAAO Newsletter.

The link for the Fall 2023 Issue of the MAAO Newsletter is: MAAO.Newsletter.Fall2023_Final.pdf (ymaws.com).

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Matt Presents at Barnstable County Assessors Association Fall Meeting

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On Friday, September 22, 2023, Matt joined Provincetown DPW Director Jim Vincent, Provincetown Betterment Consultant John Goodrich, and Provincetown GIS Analyst Lynne Martin at Oakcrest Cove in Sandwich, MA to present on the use of Betterments to fund public sanitary sewer construction in Massachusetts at the Barnstable County Assessors Association Fall Meeting. During his portion of the presentation Matt discussed the role of Assessors in the Betterment Process, as well as the use of District Improvement Financing and Sewer Use Fees to fund sanitary sewer construction projects.

Matt would like to thank Barnstable County Assessors Association President Tara Monroe and Provincetown Assessor Scott Fahle for organizing the Meeting, and all the members who attended. MAAO President R. Lane Partridge and MAAO Executive Director Kathy Costello also attended.

For a copy of Matt’s presentation please follow the link – Betterments, DIFs & User Charges – Funding Public Infrastructure Projects 230922 or visit the “Resources” section of our website.

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Matt Presents at 2023 MAAO Annual School at UMass – Amherst

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On Thursday, August 10, 2023, Matt presented an updated version of “The ABCs of TIFs, DIFs, TIEs & STAs” to Members of the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers attending the Specialty Seminars at their 2023 Annual School at UMass-Amherst.  During the presentation, Matt reviewed the basics of Tax Increment Finance Agreements, District Improvement Finance Agreements, Tax Increment Exemptions and Special Tax Assessments.  During the presentation Matt reviewed detailed examples of effect of a TIF Agreement and a TIE Agreement on Assessed Values.

Matt would like to thank all of the attendees for their participation during the presentation, and for their excellent questions. Special thanks as well to MAAO President R. Lane Partridge.  Special thanks also to Joanne Foley & Trish O’Kane, Co-Chairs of the MAAO Education Committee, and MAAO Executive Director, Kathleen Costello.

For a copy of the presentation please follow the link – The ABCs of TIFs, DIFs, TIEs & STAs 230807,  or visit the “Resources” section of our website.

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We Wish You a Grand & Glorious Fourth of July!

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As we normally do on the 4th of July, we’d like to quote the words of John Adams written in a letter to Abigail Adams, just after the Continental Congress had voted for independence (which it did on July 2nd):

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

We wish you and yours a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

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