Title 32: Taxation and Finance
Chapter 135: EDUCATION PROPERTY TAX
32 V.S.A. § 5404. Determination of education property tax grand list
§ 5404. Determination of education property tax grand list
(a) Municipalities shall determine the education property tax grand list by calculating one percent of the listed value of nonresidential and homestead real property as provided in this section. The listed value of all nonresidential and homestead real property in a municipality shall be its fair market value, its value established under a stabilization agreement described in section 5404a of this title, or the use value of property enrolled in a use value program under chapter 124 of this title. If a homestead is located on a parcel of greater than two acres, the entire parcel shall be appraised at fair market value; the housesite shall then be appraised as if it were situated on a separate parcel and the value of the housesite shall be subtracted from the value of the total parcel to determine the value of the remainder of the parcel.
(b) Annually, on or before August 15, the clerk of a municipality, or the supervisor of an unorganized town or gore, shall transmit to the director in an electronic or other format as prescribed by the director: education and municipal grand list data, including exemption information and grand list abstracts; tax rates; and the total amount of taxes assessed in the town or unorganized town or gore. The data transmitted shall identify each parcel by a parcel identification number assigned under a numbering system prescribed by the director. Municipalities may continue to use existing numbering systems in addition to, but not in substitution for, the parcel identification system prescribed by the director. If changes or additions to the grand list are made by the listers or other officials authorized to do so after such abstract has been so transmitted, such clerks shall forthwith certify the same to the director.
(c) If a town clerk or the legislative body fails without good cause, as determined by the commissioner, to transmit the grand list data or the tax data in a timely manner and in the format required by the director, the commissioner shall notify the secretary of transportation and the commissioner of education, who shall withhold all general and other aid payments owing to the municipality until the grand list information is filed as required by the director under subsection (b) of this section. Federal funds are exempt from withholding if the secretary or commissioner has an opinion of counsel that withholding would be a violation of federal law.
(d) Municipalities shall include, on all property tax bills, the parcel identification number prescribed in subsection (b) of this section. (Added 1997, No. 60, § 45, eff. Jan. 1, 1998; amended 2003, No. 68, § 29, eff. June 18, 2003; 2009, No. 160 (Adj. Sess.), § 5, eff. June 4, 2010.)