MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER 6, 2013 VALA DIRECTORS’ MEETING
The meeting was called to order at 9:07 a.m. by President John Fike. Since the attendance sheet seems to be missing, I’m not sure how many towns and counties were represented, but it was a good sized group.
The Secretary’s report was accepted on a motion by Joyce Scribner. The motion was seconded and passed.
Financial Report—Pauline Moore presented the Treasurer’s The Treasurers report was accepted on a motion by Louise Ferris-Burt. The motion was seconded and passed.
President John Fike commented on the Annual Meeting and his desire to develop a different format and perhaps find a different location in hopes of attracting new Listers for attendance at both the Annual Meeting and the bi-monthly meetings. There has been an increase in both individual and town memberships. John also touched on the issues of tax exempt properties, a tax appeal of a property which is located in two abutting towns, Current Use forums, enhancements to CAMA, and a Solar Energy Tax Committee at which Todd will be representing VALA.
Because of increased participation in Montpelier on various issues, there was discussion about increased mileage.
Louise made a motion to not worry about the mileage budget. The motion was seconded and passed.
Babs Lynde suggested that a Forester contribute an article for the Newsletter. It was noted that the new Current Use forms will be mailed to the Town Clerks rather than to the Listers. Discussion followed.
Tom Vickery commented that Sen. Bob Starr said his committee will come up with their own version of Current Use reform. Since members of the committee are heavily vested in the program, they do not want to see penalties.
John Vickery said there were 22 attendees at the Depreciation Class. Lisa Truchon had compiled the results of the survey of the class and most comments were favorable.
A suggestion was made for a future class—valuation of timber land. Other suggested topics were valuation of personal property and reading deeds.
There was discussion about relocation of the Annual Meeting….contacting attendees to get their opinion on location. Todd would like to see county meetings encouraged. Annual Meeting needs to be “refreshed” to get Listers excited about coming –changes in format, content, and speakers—encourage more interaction. There is a need for a round table early in the year with VALA, VLCT, PVR, and NEMRC regarding educational offerings.
Membership: Penny reported that there are now 15 professional, 216 individual and 83 town memberships. There were 21 new towns that became members. New visits to the VALA website targeted education.
Other areas of discussion included but not limited to:
Subsidized housing—bulletin from Bill Johnson rescinding Charles Merriman’s decision (act 53)
Encouraged membership to read Supreme Court Decisions
Ed Clodfelter will resurrect the CAMA/NEMRC committee after the meeting today.
Tom Vickery and Tim Morrissey would like to argue the 3 year equalization study—use a time adjustment rather than a 3 year study and perhaps go to a 2 year study
State wide data base for sales comparisons
Charles Mason made a motion to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at approximately 10 a.m.
Carol Hammond, Secretary