2017-18 VALA GOALS
Camilla Roberts, President
The assessment officials who are the core VALA members are realists with our feet on the ground, doing the day to day work that brings equity to the property taxpayers of Vermont. When we do our work well there is a general recognition in our towns that the levies property owners pay are FAIRLY distributed. We are guardians for each property’s portion of the pie of public funds, allocated to provide the public services (agreed upon by due public process). On some level, we are working to keep the peace. In a volatile time, trying to keep the peace is a challenge, and of the utmost importance. Achieving some corner of fairness in the world can get tense…we are not always popular… but we roll up our sleeves and get the work done. VALA operates in the big picture on behalf of our work, a growing advocate!
I pledge to sustain and enhance the VALA advocacy for the assessment community, as the VALA vision states:
“to continue the advancement of fair and equitable property assessment standards through continuing education and member support for all property valuation professionals, in conjunction with advocating for fair and equitable taxation practices as it relates to property assessment.”
Here are specific priorities towards that vision going forward:
• Develop informative materials to spread awareness of our work in VT to raise the bar of respect, recognition and best practices in the property tax system in which assessment officials function.
• Cultivate and activate the next wave of VALA members that will sustain this dynamic organization.
• Support the VALA education team in making training courses as accessible as possible. Help with the reorganization of the funding and teamwork to implement the courses.
• Streamline the meetings and communications among all VALA participants to be simple, informative, and dynamically focused as changes are developing.
• Continue the forward momentum of VALA input in the statehouse for legislation, putting together a crackerjack team to work with Randy Viens before he retires next November.
• Maintain a financially robust VALA organization.
• Work with the VALA partners in the state to enhance coordination and functions. As changes continually develop VALA is a clearinghouse and advisory resource in a network of statewide groups.