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> From: maryzuber <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: State Wide Residential Property Tax
> Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 4:55 PM
>
> Hi Everyone:
> I am in receipt of all the responses sent so far. While I agree with most
> of you in
> some areas - I have a few reservations re: Treasurers collecting the
> State's share
> of $$$$.
> l.  Assuming that the State will be billing the citizens of Vt
communities,
> three
> times - then impacts our offices with collecting taxes during the months
> when
> some years there is a primary election, general election; plus our town
has
> one tax payment only, which is due the second Friday of November. ie: a
> burden to all offices. Are we then submitting same monies to State for
the
> State portion?  Due to them  in what time frame? Currently, we turn
school
> monies over to school within  twenty days. Will we continue to remit the
> "local share" collected, directly to the school?
> 2. Speaking from experience (all of us have experienced various mandates
> that
> are "unclear"); I can only liken the "motor voter"  effort launched at
the
> state level;
> also, those of us that do motor vehicle renewals. In both cases and
frankly
>
> observing that the more "hands in the pot" makes for more cases of errors
> occurring - and they certainly do!!  Somehow the more people involved in
> any
> administrative effort which is still not clearly defined makes for
> bureacratic
> snafus.
> 3. On the other hand, I do agree that our offices are probably the most
> considerate, diligent and  caring when it comes to addressing our
citizens
> needs - and we are probably more capable of handling the questions they
> will pose re: the tax payments.  I say that loosely since we have not
> been told what the expectations are going to be with regard to this
> collection
> process. It is most important that a seminar be held to outline to all
> Treasurers
> what are the expectations/and rewards of handling this task for the
State.
> 4. My big question is this:  Act 60 has been implemented to guarantee
every
> child
> the right to a decent, quality education - however,  at what price comes
> the
> procedural administration at the State level, to make this work smoothly
> and
> ensure that all communities will receive the monies needed to support the
> schools without having to borrow?
>  5. Last - but not least, there has been word that the State will collect
> their
> own share next year.  Somehow I just can't believe it. If the Town
> Treasurers
> collect it now - we will probably be collecting it forever.
> I feel quite dubious with regard to this entire collection process and
who
> is
> going to be responsible for delinquencies, etc.
> However - I guess my answer is this.  TELL ME WHAT I HAVE TO DO AND
> I WILL DO IT, IF IT WILL HELP AND SERVE THE ELECTORATE. (That is if
> anyone at the State level can clearly define this process!!!!