February 3, 2016 Directors Meeting Agenda

VERMONT ASSESSORS & LISTERS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Wednesday February 4th, 2016    9:00 am – 12:00

RANDOLPH TOWN OFFICE, RANDOLPH, VT

Agenda

Note: special meeting specifically to focus on legislation of concern to VALA

Other items typically on VALA meeting agendas will be resumed at the March Meeting.

Proof of Quorum –Delegate Count

Secretary’s  Minutes – January meeting –Tamsin Coon

Website and emails update

Legislation:

H500 : Current Use: allows one appurtenant or accessory dwelling to be part of primary dwelling under program

H544 : Abatement criteria add: when justice or equity requires.

“Lighten the Load” bill

  • CLA/COD town appeals : beyond the Value Appeals Board step would eliminate the Superior Court, straight to Supreme Court
  • Remove the option for Superior Court in appealing property values to state level.

Break

PVR proposals for Misc Tax Bill:

  • Section 6 per parcel payment revisions
  • Section 6 education cost for courses to be free for towns.
  • Section 7
  • Section 8 Hearing officer “may” do an inspection of properties, rather than “shall”

Revising the process for state level property appeals :

  • PVR suggests replacing state hearing officers with a “Valuation Appeal Board”
  • PVR point of view, pros and cons
  • Meeting attendees pros and cons
  • Conclusions for moving forward
  • Next action steps: this year ? or next year as a separate bill, need someone to sponsor.

Equalization Study committee : if there is a proposal for this legislative session

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