The Vermont Statutes Online
§ 283-13. Violation of ordinances; civil penalties
The Village may impose a fine not exceeding $100.00 for the breach of any bylaw, rule, regulation, or ordinance and such fine shall be for the benefit of the Village. The court shall tax the costs of prosecution in addition to the fine in case of a conviction and when it is necessary to abate a nuisance the expense of abatement may be imposed upon the delinquent in addition to such fine and costs. Such fine may be recovered in an action of tort founded on this statute, in which action it shall be sufficient to declare generally that the defendant is guilty of the violation of a certain bylaw, rule, regulation, or ordinance, naming the same generally, and under such declaration the special matter may be given in evidence. Writs in this action may issue against the body of the defendant and the court before whom any such action is tried may certify on the execution issued on the judgment rendered in such action that the cause of the action arose from the willful and malicious act or neglect of the defendant and that the defendant ought to be confined in close jail. If the defendant be convicted of the violation of any bylaw, rule, regulation, or ordinance of the Village he or she may be imprisoned in the county jail in the County of Washington not exceeding ninety days in addition or as an alternative to such fine and costs, in the discretion of the court. If any person, while residing without this State and while owning real or personal property within said Village, shall, by means of such real or personal estate, violate any of the ordinances which the Village is authorized to make, the Village may sue for and recover the penalty for violation of the ordinance in an action founded on this statute, and shall proceed in the same manner as by law is now provided in civil actions, against persons residing without the State. Prosecutions for offenses under this charter shall be brought within six months after the commission of the offense and not later, unless the respondent remains without the State and beyond the reach of process.