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Learn what your town needs to do to successfully manage the property tax assessment process and conduct effective appeal hearings by attending this four-part webinar series. Participants will have time to ask questions during each of the live trainings. The mock BCA hearing will provide you with an especially helpful and practical understanding of legal requirements and best practices.

Who should attend? This series is designed for town officials involved in property tax assessment and appeals to the board of civil authority, including selectboard members, listers, assessors, justices of the peace, town treasurers, and town clerks.

Presented by VLCT’s Municipal Assistance Center and the Property Valuation and Review Division of the Vermont Department of Taxes

Training Series

June 24, 2-3PM
The Role of the Board of Civil Authority in the Tax Assessment Appeal Process
A taxpayer in your municipality who is not satisfied with a decision of the listers may appeal to the BCA. In this session, you will learn the legal and practical parameters within which the BCA must operate, paying attention to the BCA’s deadlines, the rules governing participation, and the requirements for decision making. Appeals to either the state appraiser or superior court will also be covered in brief.
Presenter(s): Garrett Baxter, Senior Staff Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center Attorney

Pre-Recorded (Available 6/30/2020)
Mock BCA Hearing
This mock BCA hearing will illustrate legal requirements and best practices for property tax assessment hearings. You will gain a practical understanding of the common legal issues that arise during BCA hearings, including how to properly manage evidence, how to avoid and address ethical dilemmas, the legalities surrounding site inspections, and overcoming the listers’ presumption of validity. The principles described in this recording also apply to lister grievance hearings.
Presenter(s): VLCT Municipal Assistance Center Attorneys

Watch Now (Coming Soon!)
The Board of Listers’ Role in the Tax Assessment Appeal Process
Examine how your lister process should proceed, from change of appraisal notices to grievance decisions. Attendees will also hear about the role of contracted professional appraisers. Lastly, review legal deadlines in light of COVID-19 with a representative from Property Valuation and Review.
Presenter(s): Carl Andeer, Staff Attorney II, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center and Christie Wright, PVR Field Supervisor

Watch Now (Presented live: 6/10/2020)
Introduction to Fair Market Value and Equalization
You will learn about the central concepts of property assessments, including fair market value and equalization.
Presenter: Christie Wright, District Advisor Supervisor, Property Valuation and Review, Vermont Department of Taxes
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