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Please tell me where in the statutes the time is explained this way?
Thank you.
Kathy
St. Albans Town
----- Original Message -----
From: "Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: tax due date and time


> Hi All,
>
> The rule as we understand it is that treasurer must accept
> payments without penalty until midnight on the
> date that taxes are due - UNLESS the town has voted that
> taxes are due by a particular time on the tax due date.  The
> way Wallingford votes the tax due date takes care of this.
>
> Deb
>
>
>
>
> On 16 Dec 2003 at 13:55, Wallingford Town Clerk wrote:
>
> One of the articles on our town warning each year for the
> voters to
> consider is date (varies) and time (4:30 p.m.) of taxes due. It
> also
> states that postmark dates will not be excepted. This
> information is
> also printed on our tax bills. We do not have a town manager
> system of
> government, so once the taxes become delinquent they are
> turned over
> to an elected delinquent tax collector.
>
> My question relates to the recent ruling in Clarendon. A $1600
> penalty
> charge was refunded after recommendation from the Secretary
> of State's
> office (the person came in ten minutes after the 4:00 time
> due).
> Clarendon did not vote as we do which may or may not have
> tainted the
> issue, however part of the ruling which I found most
> interesting  is
> as follows (taken from Rutland Herald article 12/12/03).
>
> Kathleen DeWolfe stated "It is the opinion of our office that
> the
> treasurer must accept payments without penalty until midnight
> on the
> date that taxes are due". She said nothing in state law on tax
> due
> dates provides information on office hours.
>
> Comments out there?
>
> Happy holidays to all!
>
> Joyce Barbieri, Wallingford Clerk/Treasurer
> Deborah L. Markowitz
> Secretary of State
> Vermont Secretary of State's Office
> 26 Terrace Street
> Montpelier, Vermont 05609
> (802)828-2363