32 VSA § 3840. Charitable and fraternal organizations
When a society or body of persons associated for a charitable purpose, in whole or in part, including fraternal organizations, volunteer fire, and ambulance or rescue companies, owns real estate used exclusively for the purposes of such society, body or organization, such real estate may be exempted from taxation, either in whole or in part, for a period not exceeding ten years, if the town so votes. Upon the expiration of such exemption, a town may vote additional periods of exemption not exceeding five years each. (Amended 1961, No. 24, eff. March 17, 1961; 1975, No. 156 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)
A petition (which needs to be signed by 5% of the voters) could look like this:
We the undersigned voters of the Town of ________ here by petition the selectboard to put the following article on the town meeting warning:
Article 1. Shall the voters vote to exempt for a period of five years the property which is located _________, and which is owned by _________ and is used exclusively for the purposes of such organization.
Secretary of State
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Montpelier, Vermont 05602