As a result of the 2017 Charter Changes that were approved by the Town at Town Meeting and ratified by the legislature, the Office of the Listers has been changed to the Office of the Assessor's, under the direction of Town Manager.
Since Kevin Stuart was elected at the same time as the charter change vote, he will be in place until his term expires or he resigns.
What does this mean for the town? There will be no more elected Listers. The duties will be done by a professional assessing staff .
Why was the change made? For over past 20 years assessment has been performed by a professional staff with oversight by elected officials (Listers). It has been very difficult to fill these positions and was interfering with the statutory requirements to complete the work. Listers have had a minor role in Hartford for many years. So to alleviate the filing issues, officer vacancies and other issues a change was made to the Hartford Town Charter .
Will this affect my assessments? No, you will receive the same services you have been receiving.
Michelle Wilson, Assessor
Cristina Tardie, Assistant Assessor
Kevin Stuart, elected Lister - expires 3/2020
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICE
Our primary responsibility is to appraise and assess all real property in town in compliance with applicable Vermont State Statutes. In most instances, this will be fair market value. This includes annual maintenance such as updating changes resulting from building permits, structural changes or improvements to the property, as well as periodic revaluations.
In addition, the office provides
- Assessment history information
- Detailed explanation of the assessment process
- Property Record Cards
- Specialized reports
- Tax maps, which are periodically updated to correspond with survey changes
Tax Map Discrepancies
Should there be a discrepancy between our acreage and what you believe you actually own, we will need a recorded survey prior to changing our records. We do want to stress that the tax maps are an approximation of property lines used for listing purposes only. They are not considered a legal document and cannot be used to determine actual boundaries.
The 2018 Assessment Property Cards and Tax Maps are available by clicking this link- http://gis.vgsi.com/hartfordvt/ or in person at the town office
You can now print both the simple version and the complete office version of the parcel card (Field Card) as well as the tax map (Map It) for any property in town online!
2019 Tax Rates
Municipal - Town Tax Rate $0.9726
Education Homestead Tax Rate $1.6369
Education Non-Resident Tax Rate $1.6365
Total Town & Education Homestead Tax Rate $2.6095
Total Town & Education Non-Resident Tax Rate $2.6091
Common Level of Appraisal (CLA): 96.55%
Coefficient of Dispersion (COD): 9.23%