Good Morning Cassie, We abated taxes on a property that had been destroyed by a fire that had a state payment and disregarded the state payment. Our reasoning was that because the state payment could possibly include the taxpayers own money from an income tax refund that he/she wanted applied to their real estate tax bill. I thought about all the different possibilities and thought that if we took the income sensitivity into consideration we could potentially be taking away money that would have actually been an income tax refund to the property owner. The payment from the state does not state if the money is for income sensitivity or a tax refund. It would be very interesting to hear from as many towns as possible regarding this issue. Almira Aekus, Clerk, Treasurer & Collector of Taxes ________________________________ From: Bennington Town Clerk's Office <[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] Sent: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:24 AM Subject: Re: Board of Abatement question Thanks Jim. Yes, my treasurer has a call in to Bill. He is out of the office this week. Cassie -----Original Message----- From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Condos, Jim Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 9:28 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: Board of Abatement question Cass... If you haven't already, you may want to contact Bill Johnson in PVR -VT Dept of Taxes for advice. His contact info... Email... [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> Phone... 802-828-6829 Jim Condos Secretary of State State of Vermont 128 State Street Montpelier, VT 05633-1101 p: 802-828-2148 f: 802-828-2496 e: [log in to unmask] -----Original Message----- From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bennington Town Clerk's Office Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 9:09 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Board of Abatement question We have a home that was caught on fire, so it will clearly be abated but there is a nearly $2,000. state payment on the tax bill. My treasurer has a call in to the Tax Dept. but in the meantime I thought I would ask all of you if any of you have had this situation and how it was handled for abatement. Our meeting is next Monday. Cassandra Barbeau Assistant Town Clerk Bennington, VT Please note new email: <mailto:[log in to unmask]> mailto:[log in to unmask] find us on the web at <http://www.benningtonvt.org/townclerk> www.benningtonvt.org/townclerk Please note that this email message, along with any response or reply, is considered public record, and thus, subject to disclosure under the Vermont Public Records Law (1 V.S.A. §§ 315-320). Thank You.