Property tax bills were mailed out Thursday, August 10. Included in each envelope are transfer station punch cards, a transfer station vehicle sticker for the car/truck back window, and a VT Alert document to assist residents in signing up for alert notifications from road closures to boil water notices. VT Alert is a valuable resource and free of charge.
Vermont Dept. of Taxes issued a Notice of Education Tax Rates for Fiscal Year 2018 for the Town of Wallingford:
The Homestead Education Tax Rate at $1.2930, down from $1.3675
The Non-Residential Tax Rate at $1.31, down from $1.3724.
The newly lodged grand list is valued at $2,400,658.74 (000′s omitted).
The FY’18 budget plus the Green Hill Cemetery donation of $10,000, the $2000 adjusted cemetery line item, and the FY’17 Deficit of $18,695.48 will require $759,186.99 to be raised in taxes. The Selectboard set the municipal tax rate at $0.3162, up from $0.3032.
Tax Bills will be mailed out August 11.
Pike Industries, Inc. will be paving a portion of Creek Road on Tuesday, August 8. Once Creek Road is paved, Pike will be moving onto Hull Avenue, Nash Drive and Meadow Street. Once paving is done in the village, Pike will be paving a small section of Homerstone Road.
Please expect some traffic delays during paving.
Thank you for your patience.
Explanation of Reappraisal Process and Property Inspections
The process of a town-wide appraisal is one of studying current market values for the community, the factors that impact those values, collecting data on all properties, and then applying a “model” for land and building values for the town. Property inspections are a vital component of the process. We collect data during inspections in order to build the model for land and building values, then make adjustments for unique features of individual properties that may impact those values.
Regarding Interior versus Exterior property inspections, we strive to inspect the interior of all properties. It is the right of any taxpayer to refuse an interior inspection by the appraiser; however, we recommend that it is in your best interest to allow this inspection. We do not take photos of interiors of dwellings or other buildings and we try to be as non-intrusive as possible. We are gathering data on number of bedrooms and baths, the date of renovation of interior rooms, measurement of interior features like half-story or basement finished areas that sometimes cannot be measured accurately from the exterior. We are also gathering data on any factors that may impact value negatively such as water in the basement, awkward layout, very dated interior cosmetics, etc. In fairness to other taxpayers who allow interior inspections, we cannot give credit for depreciation issues we cannot verify visually from the exterior of the building if you do not allow interior inspections.
If you would prefer to schedule an appointment rather than allow us to make a “cold call” to your home during the weeks that we will be working in your neighborhood, please call the Assessor’s office at 446-2974 or email email@example.com. Please indicated a couple of different dates and times you are available, keeping in mind appointments takes 15 to 30 minutes. If your property is vacant land, we typically conduct inspections from the street or main access to the property as well as mapping information that may be available at the town office. If there are specifics to your vacant land parcel that you would like to share or if access is restricted or limited, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Board of Civil Authority Hearings have been scheduled for Tuesday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m. for those who are aggrieved by the action of the board of listers and have timely filed their written grievances with the Town Clerk.
Residents may bring food scraps to the transfer station free of charge beginning Saturday, July 1. Place food scraps in a dedicated bin and Casella will recycle these leftovers into nutrient rich compost.
Items allowed in the food scrap bin: vegetables and fruit peels, dairy products, meat, fish, bones, bread, rice, pasta, tea bags, grounds, filters, eggshells and soiled napkins.
NOT allowed in the food scrap bin: cans, bottles, glass, paper products, cardboard, plastic bags, Styrofoam, disposable cups or cutlery, shrink wrap, oil and grease, pet or human waster, hazardous materials.
Town of Wallingford personnel have been trained as notifiers to issue local alerts on the VT Alert system.Sign up free for road closure, weather, boil water notices and emergency alerts at www.vtalert.gov
The Wallingford Town Clerk’s office will be closed on Friday, June 16th due to a death in the family. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
VTrans will be undertaking a slope stabilization project along Roaring Brook/Route 140. As part of the project, a construction stormwater permit is required. Click here for more details.
In Vermont, appeals of property assessments (property values) are known as Grievance Hearings with the Assessor/Listers. Per state statute, an abstract of the Grand List must be filed with the town clerk by June 25th of each year of all the property values in the town. Before the list is filed, a Change of Appraisal notice is sent to any property that has a change in value. Anyone can appeal their value regardless of whether there was a change or not any given year. All assessments are subject to appeal by the respective property owners. Anyone who wishes to appeal should file a Grievance Form with the Assessor’s office no later than the end of business the day before the onset of the official Grievance Hearing.
Grievance is an official time period by statute. Once it begins and you have not filed, you will not be able to appeal until the next year.
The town posts official notices to the public on this website and any other official posting locations for town notices.
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 either contact the Assessor’s office to request a grievance form or submit a letter with your name, address (mailing and property), parcel i.d. number and a statement requesting a hearing. You will be contacted by the Assessor regarding an appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes early and have copies of any documentation you wish to present to to support your grievance. You may mail your grievance request to: Town of Wallingford, 75 School Street, Wallingford, VT 05773, Attention: Assessor
For questions, contact the Assessor’s office at (802)446-2974 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notice is hereby given, the town of Wallingford has completed the abstract list of taxable properties in town as of April 1, 2017. The abstract list was lodged in the Town Clerk’s Office on May 31, 2017 for inspection by taxpayers. On June 14, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m., the town will hear grievances by any taxpayers of their appraisals. The deadline to request a grievance hearing is June 13 at 4:30 p.m.