The Vermont Statutes Online
Title 32 : Taxation and Finance
Chapter 129 : GRAND TAX LISTS
Subchapter 002 : APPRAISALS(Cite as: 32 V.S.A. § 4041a)
§ 4041a. Reappraisal
(a) A municipality shall be paid $8.50 per grand list parcel per year from the Education Fund to be used only for reappraisal and costs related to reappraisal of its grand list properties and for maintenance of the grand list.
(b) If the Director of Property Valuation and Review determines that a municipality’s education grand list is at a common level of appraisal below 85 percent or above 115 percent, or has a coefficient of dispersion greater than 20, the municipality shall reappraise its education grand list properties. If the Director orders a reappraisal, the Director shall send the municipality written notice of the decision. The municipality shall be given 30 days to contest the finding under procedural rules adopted by the Director, to develop a compliance plan, or both. If the Director accepts a proposed compliance plan submitted by the municipality, the Director shall not order commencement of the reappraisal until the municipality has had one year to carry out that plan.
(c) If a municipality fails to submit an acceptable plan or fails to carry out the plan, pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the State shall withhold the education, transportation, and other funds from the municipality until the Director certifies that the town has carried out that plan.
(d) A sum not to exceed $100,000.00 each year shall be paid from the Education Fund to the Division of Property Valuation and Review for the purpose of providing assessment education for municipal assessing officials. The Director is authorized to establish guidelines and requirements for education programs to be provided using the funds described in this section. Education programs provided using funds described in this section shall be provided at no cost or minimal cost to the municipal assessing officials. In addition to providing the annual education programs as described in this section, up to 20 percent of the amount available for education programs may be reserved as a scholarship fund to permit municipal assessing officials to attend national programs providing education opportunities on advanced assessment topics. All applications for scholarships shall be submitted to and approved by the Director.
(e) The Director shall adopt rules necessary for administration of this section. (Added 1997, No. 60, § 46, eff. Jan. 1, 1998; amended 2005, No. 38, § 8; 2005, No. 215 (Adj. Sess.), § 284; 2015, No. 134 (Adj. Sess.), § 6, eff. May 25, 2016; 2019, No. 51, § 24; 2021, No. 20, § 265.)