We were deeply saddened to learn of Scott McKibben’s death and would like to express our sincere sympathy to his family. He was highly respected throughout the Town. Scott’s contributions as Town Lister during his 22 years of dedicated service were many and varied and will be missed.
The Selectboard appointed Patrick Gorman to fill in until Town elections in March, 2017. Thank you Patrick.
The Lister’s will continue to visit properties to insure that the assessed value in the new Grand List reflects any progress made.
The assessment year, which runs from April 1st to the following March 31st, we recorded 62 property transfers, which included transfers between family members, transfers into trusts, or sales to abutters. Thirty-four properties are in the current use program. Throughout the year we update the Grand List with new addresses, changes of ownership and any changes in property value that have occurred during the year.
Three grievances were heard, and one resulted in a change.
Municipalities are required to reappraise all property if their common level of appraisal (CLA) falls below 80 percent (Canaan is 110.3%) or the coefficient of dispersion, a measure of uniformity of appraisal, is above 20 percent (Canaan is 17.91%). 32 V.S.A. § 4041a. An ongoing analysis of the market and keeping abreast of changes in properties can make reappraisals less costly. The common level of appraisal and coefficient of dispersion are determined annually by the Department of Taxes. If the town is notified that a reappraisal must be conducted, the Town is given an opportunity to develop a plan to comply with the reappraisal order. If the CLA falls below 80% or the COD is above 20% we will recommend to the Selectboard that a reappraisal be conducted at this time. An appraisal for this year was not needed.
Canaan Lister’s are elected by and work for you, the taxpayer. At the same time, we are required to work within the guidelines of constantly changing and increasingly complex Vermont legislation and mandates.
We very much appreciate your cooperation when transacting business concerning the town’s grand list modifications.