Appeals / Grievances

NOTICE TO TAX PAYERS
Notice is hereby given in accord with 32 V.S.A. ┬ž4111 that the undersigned listers within and for the Town of Hartford have this day completed the abstract of individual lists (abstract) of property owners as of the first day of April, 2016. 

The listers have this same day lodged the abstract in the office of the clerk for the inspection of taxpayers.

On the 7th day of June, 2016, at 9 a.m. the undersigned listers will meet at the Hartford Town Hall, to hear appeals of taxpayers aggrieved by actions of the listers from whom timely grievances have been received. To be timely, such grievance must be in writing and received (postmarks not accepted) by the close of business on the 7th day of June, 2016.
 

At the close of grievance hearings, the listers shall make such corrections in the abstract as were determined upon hearing or otherwise.

Unless cause to the contrary is shown, the contents of said abstract will, for the tax year 2016, become the grand list of the town of Hartford, therein. 

Signed at Hartford in the County of Windsor this 24th day of May, 2016.
Listers of the Town of Hartford 

Theresa Chesbro
John Clerkin
Michelle Wilson

Grievances
In Vermont, appeals are in the form of grievance hearings held with the Board of Listers and/or the Assessor. This year they will begin on June 7th, 2 weeks after notices of new values were mailed to property owners who had changes to their assessments. Since only property owners with assessment changes receive these notices, taxpayers who wish to appeal should contact our office no later than June 7th to set up a Grievance Hearing.

You may grieve in 1 of 3 ways; in person, by representation (with the written permission of the owner), or by mail. In all cases, you must contact our office for a grievance application form, or you may download a form (PDF). Appointments should be made by the first day of grievance hearings, and mail grievances should be postmarked by that date.

Appeal Inspections
It is the policy of the Listers to conduct interior inspections of all properties under appeal, even though this is not a statutory requirement. Without this interior inspection, we cannot verify the physical data on the property. For vacant parcels of land, no inspection appointment is necessary, unless a taxpayer wishes to accompany the Listers. It is important to note that at the next local level of appeal, the Board of Civil Authority, an interior inspection is required by law prior to a change in the assessment.

Notices of Grievance Results
Notices of grievance results will be mailed 2 weeks after the hearings are closed. This notice will contain information regarding the procedure for appealing the decision of the Listers to the Board of Civil Authority. Appeals beyond the local level go to either the Vermont Superior Court or to the Director of Property Valuation and Review. Each level of appeal must be completed before the next can be scheduled. Please make sure you understand the deadlines and procedure for appealing for the dates are firm in statute.