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Board of Abatement meeting agenda 5/21/24

Board of Abatement meeting agenda

05/21/2024, 6:00 pm at the Town Hall/ Town Clerk’s Office

Washington, Vermont

Agenda

  1. Call meeting to order.
  2. Review the Vermont League of Cities and Towns property tax abatement guidance:
    Abatement is the process for relieving taxpayers from the burden of paying property taxes, water
    charges, sewer charges, interest, and/or collection fees. An abatement is granted when the request
    is authorized by statute and when the board, in its discretion, agrees that the request is reasonable
    and proper. The board of abatement has the authority to abate town taxes and statewide education
    property taxes. However, if a board abates statewide educational property taxes, the town is still
    obligated to the State for the full amount of statewide educational taxes due.
    Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1535, abatement may be granted for:
     taxes or charges of persons who have died insolvent, have moved out of state, or who are
    unable to pay their taxes or charges, interest, and collection fees;
     taxes where there is a manifest error, or a mistake of the listers;
     taxes or charges upon real or personal property lost or destroyed during the tax year;
     taxes of a veteran or his or her family members who file late for an exemption claim under
    32 V.S.A. § 3802(11) due to sickness, disability or other good cause; or
     taxes or charges upon mobile homes moved from town due to a change in use of mobile
    home park land or a mobile home park closure.
    Link: https://www.vlct.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resources/documents/info-sheet-property-
    tax-abatement.pdf
  3. Review of Board of Abatement Rules and Procedure (copies available at meeting,
    attached 3-page required document).
  4. Vote, following presentation and discussion, on page two (2) item “time period” to
    allow for abatement hearing.
  5. Elect Chair of the Washington, Vermont, Board of Abatement.
  6. Town Treasurer/ Delinquent Tax Collector to provide updates on the following:
     Delinquent tax collection and need for abatement(s).
     Discussion and ruling for citizen (J.H.) who presented to the Board of Civil
    Authority concerning taxes paid and possible penalties incurred.
  7. Other related business presented by meeting attendees to be discussed, abatement
    items only.
  8. Adjourn

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Topic: Board of Abatement Meeting
Time: May 21, 2024 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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