Heidi, in South Burlington we will call abatement meetings as needed.
Our board has decided that if a person has a fire or some other severe
hardship that they think qualifies them for an abatement that we would
not make them wait up to one year to get their abatement heard and
answered. So when I receive them I notify the chair of the board and we
look at our schedules. If we have a BCA meeting coming up we will put
the abatement meeting first and follow with the bca meeting after. This
saves the board from having to come out to yet another meeting on a
different night and saves the city money (per my board) by only paying
for one meeting not two. There are instances that due to the timing of
the abatement request that they may have to wait 2 months to have their
hearing but we always try to put ourselves in their shoes and would we,
if we were facing hardship, be able to wait up to one year to have this
settled. Plus it gives the city enough notice that the taxes being
collected is reduced and they can act accordingly.
City of South Burlington
City Clerk and Treasurer
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As I sit here writing up the minutes and the Board of Abatement
for our chair to sign, I am wondering how other towns deal with these.
Since I have been elected clerk (March 2006), our BOA considered one
abatement, which was for a long-departed mobile home. We have already
dealt this year with five abate requests. They are kind of dribbling in.
The BOA met to consider the last two requests on Monday night, finishing
the meeting at 7 pm. Then, another one came in via email at 9 pm.
Can someone please give some insight as to how to keep from meeting
other week? Do you set a schedule in case you get requests? Do you "end
the season" at some point or do these continue all year?
I am also wondering if I missed some exciting news story on abatements,
which is why there has been this rush of requests. Is this interest
because of Irene? Just curious since I don't have television and think I
have missed out on the latest trend...
Thanks very much.