Duties of the Listers include working with tax maps, maintaining the State’s Current Use program, tracking all sales within the Town, and performing revaluations when mandated by the State.
The Selectboard appointed Richard Dennis Jr. to fill in until Town elections in March, 2018. Thank you Richard.
For the 2017 assessment year, which runs from April 1st to the following March 31st, we recorded 59 property transfers, which included transfers between family members, transfers into trusts, or sales to abutters. Thirty-six 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.
Six grievances were heard, and three resulted in a change.
Municipalities are required to reappraise all property if their common level of appraisal (CLA) falls below 80 percent (Canaan is 115.65%) or the coefficient of dispersion, a measure of uniformity of appraisal, is above 20 percent (Canaan is 19.91%). 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.
Should there be a discrepancy between our acreage and what you believe you actually own, we will need a recorded survey prior to changing our records. We do want to stress that the tax maps are an approximation of property lines used for listing purposes only. They are not considered a legal document and cannot be used to determine actual boundaries.
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.