Special Tax Districts (Sandwich Town Clerk)

Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute filed this request with the Sandwich Town Clerk of Sandwich, MA.


From: Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

The special tax districts created by the municipality, the stated purpose of the special district, its authorizing document, and its date of passage.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

From: White, Taylor

Dear Mary,

Your public records request was received by my office today, March 14, 2017. As the Records Access Officer (RAO) I will be handling your request. I believe the only tax districts in Sandwich are the Sandwich Water District and the North Sagamore Water District. Both are distinct districts within the boundaries of Sandwich that hold taxing authority outside of the Town itself. The purpose of both districts is to provide water to the residents of Sandwich.

The North Sagamore Water District was created by the Massachusetts Legislature on June 15, 1939 and their enabling legislation is Chapter 290 of the Acts of 1939 (http://media.wix.com/ugd/3cea34_e941acb02cc04649806a1632c794c79c.pdf)

The Sandwich Water District was created by the Massachusetts Legislature on April 21, 1947 and their enabling legislation is Chapter 280 of the Acts of 1947 (http://archives.lib.state.ma.us/actsResolves/1947/1947acts0280.pdf)

I believe this to be a full response to your request. Please let me know if you need anything further.



Taylor D. White
Sandwich Town Clerk
(Parking Clerk, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace,
Registrar, Burial Agent, Records Access Officer)
145 Main Street
Sandwich, Massachusetts 02563
Office: (508) 888-0340
Cell: (617) 828-9728
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Secretary of State has determined that
e-mail is a public record.