We just had a similar situation here in Stowe where a house burned down in
February. Our Board of Abatement decided that the Listers will address the
value of the property going forward, but they did abate the taxes for the
value of the building (only) that was lost or destroyed from the date of the
fire until the end of the tax year in accordance with 24 VSA, 1535(a)5.
We agreed that the overall value of the property going forward is a Lister
issue as they will assess the value based on the status of the property as
of April 1st.
Hope this helps.
From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
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Since I have been Town Clerk, we have not had an abatement. This month, we
had a house burn down and now two residents have come forth to ask for an
abatement hearing. I seem to remember that when Olga was clerk, she proposed
the abatement for the house fire... One of the requests is from someone who
did subdivision with permits, but hasn't sold the property - she was
shocked when the value went way up and now has found out that the new state
deer wintering map covers her project (when she went through subdivision,
the dwh - aka deer yard - was no where near her property and she met all the
setbacks). The listers have been clear that this was not their error and it
seems that there is no category by which her appeal can be heard.
I read the statute and, maybe I'm just exhausted from all the dog
registrations this week, can't seem to figure out how to go about this.
It's probably there somewhere, but you know how it is when you have to do
something new and a mild panic about making sure it's right sets in.
I would appreciate someone turning me and pointing me in the right direction
- like, how to get started.
On another topic, we are having a rabies clinic tomorrow at our fire house,
1-3 pm, so if anyone calls your office today and want a lovely drive to
Anyway, it looks like a beautiful, cold day! The sun is out.