In Huntington we have a drop box in the door, so anyone who can't get the
tax payment there within the office hours for that day can drop their
payments in the drop box.  Anything that's here the next morning when I get
here, I allow to be on time.  I suppose I could come down at midnight and
make the cut off then- (NOT!!)

Juli Lax
Huntington Town Clerk Treasurer

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From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 10:11:12 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: tax due date and time

I agree with Kathy. If the law does not specifically say a time you must
except payment til midnight.

----- Original Message -----
From: Wallingford Town Clerk
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Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 1:55 PM
Subject: tax due date and time

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

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