CITY OF WORCESTER

Municipal Operations Committee Meeting

Monday, November 26, 2018

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 6:05 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:13 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Sean M Rose
Vice Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Councilor George J Russell
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Sean M Rose Councilor George J Russell
 
Also:Chief Financial Officer Thomas F. Zidelis; City Assessor William J. Ford; City Auditor Robert V. Stearns; City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk
 
1.

Property Valuation, Assessing & Abatements

1a.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to property tax exemptions available. # 9.25 CM February 27, 2018

In Committee August 20, 2018 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to information concerning if property values are being inflated through the Assessorís Office, as properties are being sold far lower than what they are valued at. # 9.25A CM May 09, 2017

Attachments

Recommend File

1c.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a report concerning the increases in the assessments of waterfront properties. # 10.25A CC January 24, 2017

In Committee March 22, 2017- Held In Committee August 16, 2017 - Held In Committee December 5, 2017 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide an analysis of recently sold properties on waterfront that have no recreational value to compare the assessed value.

2.

Other Communications

2a.

Communication of the City Clerk transmitting informational communication relative to the "General Conservation Assessment [of the] Worcester City Clerk's Office Paper Collection," as received by Irwin Paper Conversation. # 12a CC June 12, 2018

Attachments

Recommend File

2b.

Communication of Joseph Connarton, Executive Director of PERAC, transmitting communication relative to the amount required to be appropriated to the city's retirement system for Fiscal Year 2019 which commences July 1, 2018. # 11a CC December 05, 2017

Attachments

Recommend File

3.

Miscellaneous Items

3a.

Chairman's Resolution from the Committee on Education - That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby go on record in support of Senate Bill 2506 and House Bill 2042, an act modernizing the foundation budget for the 21st century. # 10e CC June 19, 2018

Attachments

Recommend File

3b.

Communication of Mayor Joseph M. Petty forwarding a survey by the Worcester Student Governmental Association (WSGA), which asked current undergraduate and graduate college students in the Worcester consortium about their time as a student living in Worcester, Massachusetts. # 11b CC March 27, 2018

Attachments

Members of the WSGA:
1. Michael Brooks
2. Jillian Geister
3. Lilly OíConnor
4. Emilee Cocuzzo
5. John Weaver

Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request the organization Discover Central Massachusetts work with the Worcester Student Government Association (WSGA) to discover of ways of getting information of community events to the student population in Worcester.

Request City Manager explore other current social media platforms geared toward reaching college students to communication information or promote events taking place in the city.

3c.

Report of the Committee on Economic Development Upon the Communication of Mayor Joseph M. Petty transmitting "A Report of the Discussions of the Mayor's Tax Policy Committee"; recommend to refer to the Standing Committee on Municipal Operations the portions of the Mayorís Tax Policy Communication relating to the following: 1.) Commonwealth Compensation for the Provision of Regional Social Services; and 7.) Creating a Penny Sales Tax # 12a CC May 30, 2017

In Committee September 5, 2017 - Portion relative to (6) Consolidation - Placed on file In Committee August 20, 2018 - Portion relative to (8) Moving Multi-Unit Housing from Residential to Commercial Tax Rate - Placed on file

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager report the steps necessary to implement reimbursements for regional social services such as health centers, homeless shelters and drug treatment facilities, that are not currently included in Chapter 40A, section 3.

Request City Manager report pros and cons for implementing the penny sales tax moving it to the state legislation.