RMV SNAFU

Thanks to Sen. Timilty, Rep. Barrows, Foxborough Board of Selectmen, Finance Director Randy Scollins, and the Assessor we now know some people around the state will be receiving adjusted excise tax bills for FY 2005, 2006, & 2007. Of course these are not rebates, but demands for payments within 30 days.

Shocked yet? Why is this happening? Well, according to tonight’s (11/13/07) Selectmen’s Meeting, the RMV had incorrect information and the wrong computer system and person in charge of this part of the billing process. So, now, low‘n’behold, two-plus years later, in some cases, people who thought they had paid what they ‘owed’ to the municipality by way of excise taxes now have to scrape together additional funds to cover the RMV’s ‘FU’!

Sen. Timilty is trying to get this alleviated legislatively. If that fails, could Foxborough (and other inclined municipalities) override the RMV order that has DOR approval by voting in a special order or something stating that all funds required to be collected – or that have already been received – be returned to the payee? That way, our townsfolk won’t be screwed by the ineptness of the RMV? Especially those already struggling to make ends meet or on fixed incomes. Could the Selectmen do this or would it require a vote at Town Meeting?

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One response to “RMV SNAFU

  1. This was addresssed at our recent BOS meeting for the very reasons mentioned – we wanted to review the situation and see what, if any, options there were to alleviate the unexpected burden impossed by the DOR. Unfortunately, we have no authority to either override or set aside the bills, as these are state-mandated excise taxes based upon valuation and not under local control. Precisely why we invited Senator Timilty and Representative Barrows to our meeting, and why we are hopeful that Jay’s efforts to legislate a solution will be successful. This was a DOR valuation error and affects all communities in the Commonwealth, not just Foxborough. Hopefully, the voices will be loud enough across the state to effect change . . .

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