Tax Appeals - Montpelier


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Tax Appeals - Montpelier

May. 02, 2017

  • Location: Capitol Plaza, Montpelier
  • Time: 8:30am — 3:30pm
  • Sponsored by: VLCT Municipal Assistance Center; VLCT PACIF
  • Contact: Lisa Goodell
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: (802) 229-9111
  • Contact Fax: (802) 229-2211
  • Cost: Early Bird: $60 PACIF Members; $90 VLCT Members; Add $10 after deadline
  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 25, 2017.


This popular workshop is designed for selectboard members, listers, justices of the peace, town treasurers, and town clerks, but all local officials are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come learn what your town needs to do to conduct effective property tax grievances and appeal hearings. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions, discuss common problems, share success stories, and learn from each other’s experiences.


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Registration Opens (light breakfast provided)


Welcome and Overview

Abby Friedman, Director, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center


Introduction to Fair Market Value and Equalization

In this session, representatives from Property and Valuation Review (PVR) of the Vermont Department of Taxes will introduce the concepts of assessment appeals including fair market value and equalization.

Cy Bailey, District Advisor, PVR, Vermont Department of Taxes

Douglas Lay, District Advisor Supervisor, PVR, Vermont Department of Taxes

Abby Shepard, Legal Analyst, PVR, Vermont Department of Taxes






Property Tax Exemption at the Local Level

In Vermont College of Fine Arts v. City of Montpelier, the Vermont Supreme Court recently ruled that property owners must first exhaust the local tax appeal process (i.e., lister grievance and appeal to the board of civil authority (BCA)) before taking their tax exemption claims to Vermont superior courts or PVR. In light of this ruling and to assist towns, representatives from PVR will review the various statutory property tax exemptions in Vermont state law and explain how to determine if a property falls within such exemptions.

Christie Wright, District Advisor Supervisor, PVR, Vermont Department of Taxes (April 26)

Douglas Lay, District Advisor Supervisor, PVR, Vermont Department of Taxes (May 2)

Abby Shepard, Legal Analyst, PVR, Vermont Department of Taxes





Board of Listers’ Role in the Tax Assessment Appeal Process

In this session, we will examine the lister grievance process, from change of appraisal notices through grievance decisions. We will also review deadlines and discuss the role of contracted professional appraisers in grievances.

Carl Andeer, Staff Attorney I, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center




Due Process and Ethical Dilemmas of Lister Grievances and BCA Appeal Hearings

Black’s Law Dictionary defines a fair hearing as a “judicial or administrative hearing conducted in accordance with due process.” A fair hearing is only possible with a consistent and impartial environment. This session will cover due process rights, management of evidence and best practices throughout the hearing process, as well as how to manage ethical dilemmas in the context of both lister grievances and BCA appeal hearings.

Garrett Baxter, Senior Staff Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center




The Board of Civil Authority’s Role in the Tax Assessment Appeal Process

A taxpayer who is not satisfied with a decision of the listers may appeal to the BCA. In this session, we will describe the legal and practical parameters within which the BCA must operate, paying particular attention to BCA hearings, site inspections, and the decision making process. We will also touch on appeals of the decisions of the BCA to either the state appraiser or superior court.

Sarah Jarvis, Staff Attorney II, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center


Event Conclusion and Complete Evaluations




Please Note:

Early Bird Registration and Cancellation Deadline is Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Registrations received after this date will be charged an extra $10.00 per person.

Our cancellation policy requires that you notify VLCT in writing by the event's registration deadline to receive a refund of your registration fee.

For a full refund, please cancel in writing by the registration deadline. Please note that, for your convenience, you may pre-register without paying. However, if you do not attend the workshop, and have not cancelled your registration in writing or via email by the deadline, you will be billed for the full cost of the workshop.

Cancellation for events, even for sickness, that comes after the deadline cannot be refunded because VLCT will have already incurred all the costs for attendance including space rental, meal guarantees and packet generation.

Please mail payment to VLCT, 89 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05602.