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HARVARD — Passage of a citizens petition warrant article at the recent Special Town Meeting that called for changing the existing fee schedule to accommodate solar farms does not necessarily mean those fees will change.

Authority to set fees in town still resides solely with the selectmen, according to Chairman Marie Sobalvarro.

“The petitioners’ article to change the fees passed but had no legal standing,” Sobalvarro said in a recent e-mail responding to a Harvard Hillside story about the solar articles’ passage at the Oct. 16 STM.

“In other words, the Board of Selectmen can take the vote as an indication that STM participants wanted us to revise our fee schedule, but fee-setting remains within the purview of the BOS, not the Town Meeting. (Due to the unanimous acceptance of MGL Ch. 40, Section 22F at the May 1, 2010 Annual Town Meeting.)” Sobalvarro wrote.

— M.E. Jones

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