Halifax: Town Meeting goes for appointed Treasurer/Collector, approves solar PILOT deal

At the very end of the second night of Halifax Annual Town Meeting, voters approved placing a binding question on next year’s ballot to change the position of Treasurer/Collector from an elected to an appointed position.

That inches the town closer to converting the elected office to an appointed position. Multiple studies have recommended local towns do so, all but the largest towns refuse.

Halifax’s current elected Treasurer/Collector, Kathleen Shiavone spoke in favor of the switch to an appointed position after she retires in 2015. She said after 14 years as Collector, when the town combined the two jobs, she “hit the ground crawling.” She said it takes an elected office holder more than a year to learn the job, a job that requires a financial professional.

Voters will decide the matter in the Halifax Annual Town Election of 2014.

Tuesday night Halifax Town Meeting also approved a PILOT, a payment in lieu of taxes, agreement with Independence Solar LLC. It will allow a solar electric generating array on 15 acres at the Halifax/Plympton line and generate at least $45,500 a year for the town.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.