Municipal Operations Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:08 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:52 PM

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Candy Mero-Carlson
Vice Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Councilor George J Russell

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson Councilor George J Russell Councilor Kathleen M Toomey
Also:Councilor Tony Economou; Councilor Gary Rosen; City Assessor William Ford; City Solicitor David Moore; Coordinator Intergovernmental Affairs and Municipal Affairs Jacob Sanders; City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk

Tax Policy Item


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 Mayor’s Tax Policy Communication relating to the following: 1.) Commonwealth Compensation for the Provision of Regional Social Services; 2.) Chapter 70 Funding Reform; 3.) State Pilot Payments; 4.) Expanding Local Pilot Program; 5.) Tax Relief Programs; 6.) Consolidation- Placed on file in Committee September 5, 2017; 7.) Creating a Penny Sales Tax and; 8.) Moving Multi-Unit Housing from Residential to Commercial Tax Rate. # 12a CC May 30, 2017

In Committee September 5, 2017 - Portion relative to (6) Consolidation - Placed on file


Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a previously requested report requesting the City Manager, with his administrative staff, work together with the city’s state delegation to begin development of a proposal for legislative/administrative action to present to the state relating to the Commonwealth Compensation for the Provision of Regional Social Services, Chapter 70 Funding Reform, State Pilot Payments, Expanding Local Pilot Program and Tax Relief Programs as presented in the “Mayor’s Tax Policy Committee – A Report of the Discussions – October 2016”.

Request City Manager provide City Council with the previously requested list of what all the non-profit entities are contributing to the city in lieu of taxes.

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor to report to the City Council the process for recovering thru litigation underfunded Chapter 70 funding and Charter School Funding. Further, request City Manager report if it would be best to partner with other cities and towns or associations to change the current funding formulas.

Request City Manager request our State Delegation if they are in support of the recommendations in the Mayor’s Tax Policy Report and if yes could they report to City Council a path the city can take to get them approved in the state legislation.

Request City Manager request the City Assessor provide an update of a previous report concerning what would be the impact if 4 to 8 unit properties and 9 or above unit properties were moved to a commercial tax rate using the current valuations recently certified. Further, request City Assessor report to City Council the rational the state used to classifying income properties and further, report how many buildings have 9 or above units in the city.

Request City Manager request the City Assessor provide a comparison of the FY17 sale price of residential and commercial income properties versus the assessed value of these properties using the income approach.

Request City Manager consider inviting a representative of the Department of Revenue to a Municipal Operation Committee to explain its policy for using an income approach to assess properties and if this policy is mandated.