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No!  Although the statute  cited in the handbook doesn't
specifically apply to local boards and commissions, constitutional
requirements of Due Process requires that the decisionmakers in a
case - like a tax appeal - must have seen and heard the evidence
before making a decision.

Deb Markowitz

On 4 Sep 01, at 11:33, Vershire TAX wrote:

I am hoping that the Secretary of State's Office and the Division of
Property Valuation and Review will weigh in on this, but if this is a
gray
area as this handbook leads me to think it is, I would also like to
hear
from other towns as to their practice.  My question pertains to a
section
from "A Handbook on Property Tax Appeals" dated January 2001
(blue cover)
found on the top of page 24. It is section "M. Latecomers"  The first
sentence states "BCA members who do not hear the eveidence
should not
participate in the decision."  and then it goes on to explain.  The
last
sentence is "However, this law does not expressly apply to local
boards
and commissions."  My question is if a member of the BCA did not
attend
the first appeals meeting, then is s/he allowed to vote in the final
decision after reading the minutes and hearing the inspection
committee
report?  I would appreciate anyone's insight on this.  Naomi, Vershire C/T
Deborah L. Markowitz
Secretary of State
Vermont Secretary of State's Office
26 Terrace Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05609
(802)828-2363