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H.885

AN ACT RELATING TO AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF ST. JOHNSBURY

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  CHARTER APPROVAL

The general assembly approves the amendments to the town of St. Johnsbury charter as provided in this act.  The proposals of amendment were approved by the voters on March 7, 2006.

§ 12a.  Compensation and Fees

(a)  The selectboard shall annually consider, and from time to time set, the compensation of the following officers:

(1)  town manager;

(2)  constable;

(3)  members of the board of assessment.

(b)  The town clerk and the selectboard shall jointly set the compensation of the town clerk each year.  The town treasurer and the selectboard shall jointly set the compensation of the town treasurer each year.  If the selectboard and the town clerk or town treasurer are unable to agree on the amount of either officer's compensation, that officer's compensation shall be set by vote of the town and the selectboard shall include an article or articles in the annual meeting warning to that effect.  The article or articles shall be adopted or  modified by the vote of the majority of those eligible to vote who are present at the meeting.  The article or articles shall not be voted on by Australian ballot.

(c)  The town manager, with the approval of the selectboard, shall set the compensation of all other town officers and employees.

Sec. 3.  24 App. V.S.A. chapter 151, § 12b is added to read:

§ 12b.  Offices Abolished

The office of fence viewer, inspector of lumber, shingles and wood, second constable, and weigher of coal are all hereby abolished.  Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the town manager or his or her designee shall exercise the powers, duties, and responsibilities of any of the offices abolished by this section in the event that the need should arise.

Sec. 4.  24 App. V.S.A. chapter 151, § 17 is added to read:

§ 17.  Department of Assessment

(a)  Creation.  There is hereby created a department of assessment headed by a person experienced in the appraisal of real estate, who shall be appointed by the town manager with the approval of the selectboard.

(b)  Appraisal of property.  The department of assessment shall appraise all real and personal property for the purpose of drawing up the grand list. Appraisals shall be reviewed periodically and updated.  Technically qualified individuals or firms may be employed as needed.

(c)  Powers.  The department of assessment shall have the same powers, discharge the same duties, proceed in the same manner, and be subject to the same liabilities as those prescribed for listers or a board of listers under applicable provisions of Vermont law with respect to drawing up the grand list, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

Sec. 5.  24 App. V.S.A. chapter 151, § 18 is added to read:

§ 18.  Board of Assessment

(a)  Creation.  There is hereby created a board of assessment composed of

the three listers.

(b)  Duties.  The board of assessment shall exercise all powers and duties with respect to grievances, otherwise imposed upon the listers or a board of listers under the laws of the state of Vermont, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

Sec. 6.  24 App. V.S.A. chapter 151, § 19 is added to read:

§ 19.  APPEALS

A person aggrieved by the final decision of the board of assessment under

the provisions of section 18 of this chapter may appeal in writing under the

provisions of chapter 131 of Title 32.

Sec. 7.  24 App. V.S.A. chapter 151, § 20 is added to read:

§ 20.  Undesignated Reserve Fund

The selectboard may annually reserve any surplus in the essential services budget, not to exceed five percent (5%) of the budget, for the purpose of establishing an undesignated reserve fund.  The reserve fund shall be kept in a separate account and invested as are other public funds and may be expended for purposes as may be authorized by a majority of the voters present and voting at an annual or special meeting duly warned.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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