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For over 34 years, Matt has had the opportunity to publish articles, papers, and make presentations on a variety of legal topics. If you would like a copy of a particular article or presentation, please contact us.

Publications:

“Chapter 268 0f the Acts of 2022 Brings Important Changes to the Chapterland Application Process” MAAO Newsletter, Fall 2023.

“New Dual Use Solar Law Casts Quite a Bit of Shade”, MAAO Newsletter, Fall, 2022.

“Handling Abandoned Property”, Contributor, MCLE, April 2013

“Neighborhood Blight, Neglected & Abandoned Properties, Receiverships”, Contributor, MCLE, December 2008

“Treasurer’s Manual”, Contributor, Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association, (2003)

“Back on the Rolls in Massachusetts: A Report on Strategies to Return Tax Title Properties to Productive Use, Contributor, CHAPA, January 2000

“Simple Majority v. Super Majority: The Expansion of Non Conforming Uses,” The Land Use Forum, Massachusetts Edition, Volume 2, #1 (1991)

“Land Use Actions Before the Land Court, “The Land Use Forum, Massachusetts Edition, Volume 1 #6 (1990)

Politi & Thomas, “Settling and Compromising State Tax Liabilities – A Massachusetts Perspective,” Journal of State Taxation, Volume 7, Number 4 (1989)

Presentations:

Real Estate Tax Implications of Leasing Municipal Property 240515-1, MAAO Webinar, May 2024.

Tax Foreclosure in Massachusetts Following Tyler v. Hennepin County“, Contributor, MCLE, March 2024.

Assessing Affordable Housing Properties 240205, MAAO Winter Conference, February 2024.

Betterments, DIFs & User Charges – Funding Public Infrastructure Projects 230922, Barnstable County Assessors Association Fall Meeting, September 2023.

The ABCs of TIFs, DIFs, TIEs & STAs 230807, MAAO Annual School, August 2023.

Abatements, ATB Appeals and Overlays 230620, MAAO Summer Conference, June 2023.

Solar PILOTs – Harnessing the Power of the Sun to Warm Your Municipal Budgets 230504, Middlesex County Assessors Association Spring Education Meeting, May 2023.

“Don’t Drop the Baton – Successfully Collecting Real Estate Taxes Takes a Team Effort” – MAAO Spring Conference, Babson Conference Center, April 2023.

“Holiday Bagful of Goodies – A Year End Topical Review” – 2022 Version, Bristol County Assessors Association Annual Meeting, December 2022.

“What’s the Buzz? Blending Net Book Value with RCNLD in the Assessment of Class 504 Utilities”, MAAO Annual School, UMass-Amherst, August 2022.

“TIFs, TIEs & Solar PILOTs – Getting Out of the Blocks Cleanly”, MAAO Summer Conference, June 2022.

“Holiday Bagful of Goodies – A Year End Topical Review”, Bristol County Assessors Association Annual Meeting, December 2021.

“Assessing Affordable Housing Properties”, MAAO Fall Conference, September 2021

“Abatements, ATB Appeals, and Overlays – Common Sense Strategies to Save Your Overlay Dollars”, MAAO Virtual Summer Conference, June 2021.

“It’s Just a Bundle of Sticks – A Newly Filled Cornucopia of Information to Help You Read and Understand Deeds”, Bristol County Assessors Association Virtual Training, April 2021.

“The ABCs of TIFs, DIFs, TIEs & STAs”, MAAO Virtual Summer Conference, June 2020.

“The ABCs of TIFs, DIFs, TIEs & STAs”, Bristol County Assessors Association, Rebohoth, MA, September 2019.

“It’s Just a Bundle of Sticks – A Cornucopia of Information to Help You Read and Understand Deeds”, MAAO Annual School, UMASS Amherst, August 2019.

“Solar, Solar, Solar…..Just Give Me the Warm Power of the Sun”, MAAO Annual School, UMASS Amherst, August 2019.

“Don’t Drop the Baton -Successfully Collecting Taxes Takes a Team Effort”, MAAO Annual School, UMASS Amherst, August 2019.

“Assessing Condominiums: Present Interests, Uncommon Elements & Common Sense”, Bristol County Assessors Association, Fall River, MA, May 2019.

“Solar, Solar, Solar….Just Give Me The Warm Power of the Sun”, Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers, Boxborough, MA, March 2019.

“It’s A Holiday Grab Bag”, Bristol County Assessor Association, Fall River, MA, December 2018.

“Conveyancing, Cannabis & the Sun”, Plymouth County Assessors Association, Middleborough, MA, May 2018.

“It’s Just a Bundle of Sticks – A Cornucopia of Information to Help You Read and Understand Deeds”, Fall River, MA, November 2017.

“2017 Congruous Cooperative County Conference”, Joint Meeting of Plymouth County Collector & Treasurer Association, Plymouth County Assessors Association & Bristol County Assessors Association, Middleborough, MA, April 2017.

“The Massachusetts Municipal Modernization Act – An Overview”, City of Fall River Department Heads Meeting, Fall River, MA, September 2016.

“Don’t Drop The Baton – Successfully Collecting Taxes Takes A Team Effort”, Joint Meeting of Plymouth County Collector & Treasurers and Assessors Associations, Middleborough, MA, May 2016.

“Solar Power, Valuation & PILOT Negotiations – Recent ATB Decisions”, Panelist, Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers Winter Meeting, Randolph, MA, February 2016.

“Baby, It’s Cold Out There – The ATB & Solar Power”, Bristol County Assessors Association, Annual Meeting, New Bedford, MA, December 2015.

“Don’t Drop The Baton – Successfully Collecting Tax Titles : The First Leg – Getting Off To A Clean Start”, Norfolk Suffolk Counties Assessors Association, Spring Meeting, Randolph, MA May 2015.

“Low Value Tax Takings: How to Get Real Value From Your Low Values”, Keynote Speaker, Bristol County Assessors Association, Spring Meeting, Fall River, MA, April 2014.

“Urban Tree Farms: Helping Communities Grow Green & Grow Strong”, Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership One Day Conference, March 2014

“Handling Abandoned Property”, Panelist, MCLE, April 2013.

“Purchasing Public Land For Agricultural Use – Buying Municipally Owned Farmlands”, Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership One Day Conference, March 2010

“Neighborhood Blight, Neglected & Abandoned Properties, Receiverships”, Panelist, MCLE, December 2008

“Review of Challenges to Tax Collection”, Keynote Speaker, Bristol County Treasurers & Collectors Association, Winter Meeting, Westport, MA, December 2007

“New Bedford Harbor Superfund Cleanup – Creating Opportunities Through Partnerships, Creativity and Tenacity”, Saratoga Springs, NY, October 2005

“New Bedford Railroad – Southeastern Massachusetts Newest Freight Connection”, New Bedford, MA, October 2005

“Understanding the Tax Foreclosure Process”, Panelist & Moderator, Office of Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA March 2005

“Port of New Bedford Smart Port Initiative – A Strategic Plan For a Portfields Pilot Port”, National Brownfields Conference, Portland, OR, October 2003

“Federal Brownfields Legislation: Issues & Solutions”, Program Panelist, Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA April 2002

“The Process For Results – Tax Title Strategies”, Panelist, Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association, Lawrence, MA March 2001.

“Public Transportation: Unlocking the Door to Successful Smart Growth in Your City or Town”, Annual Meeting of Massachusetts Association of Regional Transit Authorities, Worcester, MA, June 2000.