The Board of Abatement is formed by members of; the Select Board, Justices of Peace, Board of Listers, the Treasurer, and the Town Clerk.
What is tax abatement?
Abatement is a statutory proces
s for relieving taxpayers from the
burden of property taxes, penalty
(collection fees) and interest when the law authorizes
abatement and when the board, in
its discretion, agrees that the re
quest is reasonable and proper.
It exists to permit the board to prevent an injustice or to help a taxpayer who faces extraordinary
circumstances that make it difficult for the taxpayer to meet his or her tax obligations.
Abatements are cautiously granted insofar as they reduce the income to the town and require the
town to either spend less or increase the taxes on the rest of the taxpayers to make up the difference. A board may abate "in whole or part" property taxes, interest or collection fees. 24 V.S.A. §1535(a).
Learn More about Abatement from the Office of the Vermont Secretary of State