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FAQ'S
 

Frequently asked questions:


The #1 question What is a gore?   In Vermont, gores and grants are unicorporated portions of a county which are not part of any town and have limited self-government, if any.

#2:  Why are my taxes so high?  In Vermont (through  Act's 60 and 68) we have established a two tax rate system.  There is a municipal tax rate and a state education tax rate.  The bulk of your property taxes in the UTG goes to the state for education purposes. 

The UTG paid over three-quarters of a  million dollars to the state for education taxes in 2008.  There are no schools in the UTG.  There are three students the UTG pays tuition for at nearby schools in addition to monies raised for  the education taxes imposed by the state. 
 
 #3:  What does the Supervisor do?   The supervisor functions as and has the duties of town clerk, treasurer, tax collector; also delinquent tax collector.  By statute, the supervisor is also the constable, or serves as  constable when the need arises.   The supervisor wears many hats, however she works for the board of governors.  The Board of Governors is elected by the voters, and the board appoints the Supervisor.   Land records processing and other clerical functions all fall under the supervisor's responsibility too.
 
 The UTG Board of Governors was established in 2000 and regular elections have occured since then at town meeting held each August.
 
The Unified Towns and Gores of Essex County are: 
Averill, Avery's Gore, Ferdinand, Lewis, Warner's Grant, Warren's Gore

FAQ #4   What does a lister do?  This is a link to a lister handbook provided by the State of Vermont tax dept.
http://www.state.vt.us/tax/pdf.word.excel/pvr/listerhandbk.pdf

This is the lister homepage for the State.
http://www.state.vt.us/tax/pvrlisterhandbook.shtml

Although the listers’ duty is still to determine the assessment each person should pay taxes upon, many of the specific rules have changed. Instead of setting all property in the grand list at a fixed amount as was originally done, listers are now directed to appraise property at its fair market value, or, for qualifying property, at its use value.

Simply put, the lister is in charge of data entry into the computer.  They visit the property and record property data on an entry form, then at the office they enter that data into the computer.  They follow up on data entry and make sure town information is correct for the grand list.
 

 

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