Grievance and the Appeals Process

 

2021 Grievance Hearings

The 2021 Grand List Abstract will be filed with the Town Clerk on June 1st, 2021. All grievance forms need to be filed by June 16th, 2021. All grievance forms must be received by 4:00pm on that day to be considered. The results of the grievance will typically be mailed within two weeks of the assessor’s decision.

What to Expect:

You may grieve in 1 of 3 ways:

  • By mail or email
  • In person
  • By representation (with written permission of the owner)

In all instances, you must file the grievance form with the assessor’s office by June 16th, 2021.

Grievance forms will not be accepted after 4:00pm on June 16th, 2021.        You can download a copy of the 2021 grievance form here : 
Grievance application (pdf)

A meeting with the assessor can be scheduled once the grievance form has been submitted. A meeting with the assessor is not mandatory although it is available to anyone filing a grievance. Please note that a grievance form must be submitted by June 16th, 2021 to have a meeting with the assessor. Any meeting arrangements that have been made without a timely grievance form will be declined. Meeting will be held in person, by phone, or virtual on June 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. To schedule a meeting with the assessor you can call the assessor’s office at (802)-295-3077 or visit:

  


If you wish to schedule an in person meeting please arrive 10 minutes early to have a copy made of any supporting documents.



Appeals / Grievances

In Vermont, appeals of property assessments (property values) are known as Grievance Hearings with the Assessor/Lister. 

Per state statute 32 V.S.A. § 4111, an abstract of the Grand List must be filed with the town clerk each year of all the property values in the town.  In Hartford, the list is typically filed mid-May yet per statute the deadline is June 24th. This is known as the Abstract of Individual Lists
  
When the list is filed, a Change of Appraisal notice is sent to any property that has a change in value. 

Anyone can appeal their value regardless of whether there was a change or not, in any given year.  All assessments are subject to appeal by the respective property owners.  Anyone who wishes to appeal must file a timely Grievance Application with our office no later than the close of business on the first day of the official Grievance Hearing. 

There could be more than one reason you may receive this notice. It may be there was a value change in your property assessment or you may have a new allocation of your homestead/house site. Also, if you are in the Current Use program, a letter is sent of your new value allocations.  

Grievance is an official time period by statute and is the first level of the appeals process. Once it begins and if you have not filed, you will not be able to appeal until the next year.  To appeal to any other level in the appeals process, you must have participated in the grievance appeal process first.
 
The office will post an official notice to the public on this website, in the newspaper and 4 public places (the public libraries). This usually occurs beginning of June. 

Appeal Inspections

An interior inspection of the property under appeal is advised although is up to the discretion of the appellant. 

It is important to note that at the next local level of appeal, the Board of Civil Authority (BCA), an interior inspection is required by law as part of the proceedings.
  

Notices of Grievance Results



 Notices of Grievance Results will be mailed within 2 weeks after hearings are closed. This notice will contain information regarding the procedure for appealing the decision of the Assessor/Listers to the BCA.

Appeals beyond the local level go to either the Vermont Superior Court or to the Director of Property Valuation and Review. Each level of appeal must be completed before the next can be scheduled. Please make sure you understand the deadlines and procedures for each appeal level for the dates are firm in statute.32 V.S.A. § 4111


For additional information, see the Property Appeals Handbook in Additional Information on the main screen.