Property Taxes & Grand List
Paying Your Property Taxes
Property taxes are collected by the Town of Barnard to pay for town services, the maintenance of town highways and roads, and state school obligations. It is the responsibility of all property owners in Barnard to pay property taxes on time in order to keep our Town Office, schools, and road crews funded. There are adjustments and exemptions available to some citizens, which are explained in more detail below.
From these assessments, the Selectboard will set a tax rate necessary to raise the money to pay for town services, the maintenance of town highways, and state school obligations.
Frequently Asked Questions about Property Taxes Bills & Payments
When are taxes due?
Taxes are due in two installments annually, typically in August and February, though some years it will be later.
When are new tax bills sent out?
Property Tax bills for each new fiscal year are mailed out at least 30 days before the first payment is due.
What methods of payment are acceptable to pay for Taxes?
The Town of Barnard accepts Cash and Checks. We are not able to accept Credit Cards.
Where should I send my taxes and to whom should I make the check payable?
Drop checks off at the Town Office during open hours (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 AM to 3:30 PM).
Send checks to: Town Treasurer, PO Box 155, Barnard, VT 05031
Make checks payable to: Town of Barnard
What if my check bounces?
A person whose check is returned and/or not credited by the bank for any reason will be charged
a fee of $25.
Are postmarks accepted for tax due dates?
Tax payments in envelopes clearly postmarked on or before the Property Tax Due Date are considered timely. Postmarks after the due date or envelopes not clearly postmarked will be considered late and will be assessed an interest charge.
Warning: Mail dropped off at the Barnard post office will often not be postmarked for 1-2 business days after being dropped off. Consider this delay when mailing your property taxes. You can also hand your mail to the post office employee during open hours and request that it is postmarked immediately.
When are taxes considered delinquent?
Taxes that are unpaid after the second installment is due are considered to be delinquent.
How much is the penalty and the interest charge for late and delinquent taxes?
Taxes that are unpaid after the first installment is due are subject to interest at the rate of 1½% after three months for each month or part of a month that they are late. Taxes that are unpaid after the second installment is due are considered to be delinquent, and are subject to a delinquent tax penalty of 8%, plus interest at the rate of 1% for each month or part of a month that they are delinquent, for the first three months, and at the rate of 1½% for each month or part of a month that they are delinquent thereafter. These rates fall within State statutes and apply even if the taxes are only one day late. The Town Tax Collector has no authority to waive or abate the interest and penalty charges.
Can I get another copy of my Tax Bill?
Yes, you can come to the Town Office to pick up a copy, or you can send a request with a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Town Treasurer to send a copy to you. The copy charge is $1.
Note on copies involving property tax adjustments: The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that the property tax adjustment information on a tax bill is to be kept confidential and therefore is not a public record. The Town is now unable to give out tax bills containing income-sensitive information to anyone other than the taxpayer, without authorization from the taxpayer.
How is my Property Tax Bill calculated?
Your Property Tax bill is based upon the assessed value of your property times the municipal and highway tax rate (set by the town) and the education tax rate (set by the state).
How can I notify the Town of a change of address?
The Town Clerk has Change of Address forms that must be filled out by each and every person sharing title to a property.
Property Tax Adjustments, Exemptions, Grievances & Other Issues
Income Based Adjustments, Pre-bates, Rebates
Many Vermont residents quality for income-based adjustments to their property taxes. These pre-bates and rebates, applied to town property tax bills, are available to full-time Vermont residents that own their home, in households that earn less than $137,500 per year. For more information on property tax adjustments, see this Vermont Department of Taxes page.
Property Owners must declare whether or not they reside full time in Barnard (Homestead) or not (Non-Residential). This declaration form HS-122 is typically filed with State income taxes by April 15th each year.
Note: The penalty for late filing of a Homestead Declaration is 8% of the corrected tax bill, so it is important to file your form HS-122 by April 15th!
Property tax exemptions are available to disabled veterans, or his/her surviving spouse and children. The first $10,000 of appraised value (and up to $40,000 in some cases) is exempt from taxes. For more information and exemption applications, see this Vermont Department of Taxes page.
Grievances (Property Tax Appeals)
Contacting the The Board of Listers is the first step in the property valuation grievance process. If a property owner is not satisfied with the decision of the Listers at the Listers Grievance hearing, he or she can request a hearing with the Board of Civil Authority. The Vermont Secretary of State has written A Handbook on Property Tax Assessment Appeals that explains the appeal process beyond the Listers Grievance.
The Grand List is a document that lists all of the Taxable Real Property in the Town of Barnard. The valuation that the Listers put on each Taxable Parcel is used as the basis for the Grand List Value. The total value of the Grand List is used to set the Municipal and Highway Tax Rates and the two State School Tax Rates. The Board of Listers Is responsible for creating the Grand List each year. Copies of Barnard’s Grand List can be found on the The Board of Listers page.