Sections 1 through 4. Sales tax exemption. Provides a sales tax exemption for building materials and supplies used in, and equipment incorporated into the construction or replacement of real property in Melrose that was affected by the fire in September 2016. The exemption is retroactive for sales and purchases made after September 30, 2016. For purchases made between that date and April 1, 2017, sales tax must be paid upfront and purchasers must apply for a refund. For purchases made after April 1, 2017 and before January 1, 2018, the exemption is upfront.
Section 5. Appropriation. Appropriates $1,842,258 in fiscal year 2017 only from the general fund to the Commissioner of Revenue for a grant to the city of Melrose.