LA 134
2017 -- H 5966
Enacted 06/28/2017

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Introduced By: Representatives Chippendale, Keable, and Winfield
Date Introduced: March 22, 2017

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Sections 4, 5, 7 and 8 of an act entitled "An Act to Incorporate the West
Glocester Fire District", passed at the January Session, A.D., 1959, as amended, are hereby
amended to read as follows:
     Section 4. Those persons of the district qualified to vote under section 2 of this charter at
each annual meeting, and at any other meeting when vacancies occur, may elect officers to serve
one year, or until the next annual meeting and until others may be chosen in their stead; which
offices shall consist of a moderator, clerk, treasurer, 3 assessors and a collector of taxes, and three
(3) members of an executive board whose duties and powers within said district shall be such as
like officers of town in this state have in their respective towns. They may also elect fire wardens
and any other needed officers.
     Section 5. Those persons of the district qualified to vote under section 2 of this charter, at
any of their legal meetings, shall have power to order such taxes and provide for assessing and
collecting the same, on any or all, as they shall determine, of the following classes if taxable
property in said district: (1) land, (2) buildings and improvements, and (3) tangible personal
property, as they shall deem necessary for purchasing and procuring real estate, buildings,
implements and apparatus, and a supply of water for the extinguishment of fire; for the payment
of the current expenses of the district; also for the payment of any indebtedness that has been or
may be incurred by the district; and such taxes so ordered shall be assessed by the assessors of
said district according to the last valuation made by the assessors of the town next previous to
said assessment, adding, however, any taxable property which may have been omitted by said
town assessors or after acquired; and in all cases where the town assessors have included property
within the district and property without the district in one valuation, the assessors of the district
shall make an equitable valuation of that portion of the same lying within the district; and in the
assessing and collecting of said taxes such proceedings shall be had by the officers of the said
district, as near as may be, as are required to be had by the corresponding officers of towns in
assessing and collecting town taxes; and the collector of taxes or other employee hired or
appointed by the executive board of for the said district shall, for the purposes of collecting taxes
assessed by said district, have the same powers and authority as are now or may hereafter be by
law conferred on collectors of taxes for towns in this state. Said district may provide for such
deduction from the tax assessed against this state. Said district may provide for such deduction
from the tax assessed against any person if paid by an appointed time, or for such penalty by way
of percentage on the tax if not paid by an appointed time, or for such penalty by way of
percentage on the tax if not paid at the appointed time, not exceeding twelve percent (12%) per
annum, as they shall deem necessary to insure punctual payment.
     Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary, the West Glocester fire district shall have
the power to adopt and implement a system of property tax classification in accordance with
section 44-5-11.8 of the general laws.
     Section 7. Said district at any legal meeting shall have the power to enact by-laws
prescribing the duties of elected officers of the district, fire wardens, and of the inhabitants of said
district in time of conflagration and for the purpose of enforcing the commands of the fire
wardens, or the executive board, for suppressing disorder and tumult, guarding or removing
property or rendering other service in time of fire, and for breach of any such by-laws may
provide a penalty not exceeding a fine of $20.00, to be recovered for the use of said district, or
imprisonment for a term not exceeding 30 days, which penalty may be enforced by prosecution
on complaint of any member of said board of fire wardens or the executive board before any
court of competent jurisdiction.
     Section 8. The fire wardens appointed by said district or the executive board may order in
time of fire such buildings to be pulled down or blown up as they may judge necessary to stop the
progress of the fire; and if it shall happen that the pulling down or blowing up of any such
buildings, by direction aforesaid, shall be the cause of stopping the progress of such fire, or if the
fire stop before it comes to the same, the owners shall be reasonably paid therefor by a tax on said
district, the amount of which tax will be adjudged by the superior court for counties of
Providence and Bristol, which court is hereby authorized and empowered, on application to them
made by the owners of property so destroyed, to adjudge as to the amount necessary and cause
the same to be certified to the district, and such tax shall be assessed and collected in said district,
but no building in which any fire shall break out or begin shall be paid for under this provision.
     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.