Important Dates January – April 2021
January 14 – Last day to submit a request for an article to appear on the ballot. The Select Board has made a temporary amendment foregoing the requirement of signatures for this year
January 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Office Closed
January 25 – Last day to submit a Consent of Candidate form to appear on the ballot (per Act 162, signatures are not required for Town Meeting 2021)
January 27 – Last day for candidates to withdraw for Town Meeting
February 10 – 2nd Installment of Property Taxes Due
February 24 – Mettawee School District Informational Meeting
March 1 – Town Informational Meeting
March 2 – Town Meeting Voting Day
April 1 – Dog Licenses Due (new and renewals)
The office continues to be closed to walk-in traffic but we are making appointments. Please call ahead and thank you for your patience and understanding. Masks are required to enter the building.
Pawlet Town Clerk: Assessor’s Office: Treasurer: (802) 325-3309
Pawlet Town Clerk Office Hours:
Monday—9 AM – 4 PM
Tuesday—9 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday—9 AM – 4 PM
Thursday—9 AM – 12 PM
Notice: Town of Pawlet Offices Expiring as of March 2021: The legislature passed S.354 in early October. It says , among other things, “Notwithstanding 17 V.S.A. § 2681(b) or any other provision of law to the contrary, a person shall not be required to collect voter signatures in order to have the person’s name placed on the ballot as a candidate for a local election that is held at a 2021 municipal meeting.” As stated, voter signatures are not required this year to request a name to appear on the ballot; however the requirement to have a Consent of Candidate form filled out and submitted to the town clerk’s office by the deadline (January 25, 2020, 5 PM) is still required.
MODERATOR – 1 YEAR
SELECTBOARD – 1 YEAR
SELECTBOARD – 1 YEAR
SELECTBOARD – 3 YEARS
FIRST CONSTABLE – 2 YEARS
DELINQUENT TAX COLLECTOR – 1 YEAR
TOWN AGENT – 1 YEAR
GRAND JUROR – 1 YEAR
METTAWEE SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTOR – 3 YEARS
METTAWEE SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTOR – 3 YEARS
PAWLET LIBRARY TRUSTEE – 3 YEARS
PAWLET LIBRARY TRUSTEE – 3 YEARS
Monday, January 25, 2020, 5 PM, is the deadline for filing with the town clerk a written consent form for the candidate’s name to be on the ballot for local office. Note that Act 162 (2020) waived the signature requirement for nominating petitions.
Town Clerk Tid-Bits, August 2020:
- From John Fay, Permit Specialist, Environmental Assistance Office in response to Airbnb questions he has received lately: Renting out an Airbnb or other short term rental can trigger state oversight from Health, Fire Safety, Tax, and Environmental departments. The situation is fluid, pending changes from the Legislature. In the meantime, if you rent out a room or space for sleeping accommodations, your facility is considered a public building and is subject to fire safety requirements. Contact Fire Safety at 802-885-8883. You will need to collect state meals and rooms tax https://tax.vermont.gov/business-and-corp/meals-and-rooms-tax/short-term-rentals. If you are serving any food other than pre-packaged, you will need a food and lodging license http://www.healthvermont.gov/health-environment/food-lodging/lodging-licensing Contact Gordon.Lodewyck@vermont.gov or 802-296-5562. If you have 3 or more units, you will need a food and lodging license, same links as above. If you have only 1 or 2 units: (1) You must post a Vermont Meals and Rooms Tax account number on any advertisement; (2) You should complete and keep on-site a self-certification form prior to renting a unit http://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/ENV_FL_ShortTermRentalObligations.pdf You must post certain information in the units (see the self-certification form). If you are effectively creating a new bedroom or an apartment, you will need a Wastewater permit as well. Contact a Licensed Designer https://dec.vermont.gov/water/licensed-designers (look down the page for “Finding a Designer”) As always, contact your town office to see if there are any local requirements. And be sure to register with the Secretary of State https://www.sec.state.vt.us/corporationsbusiness-services/business-onprofit-services/start-a-vermont-business.aspx if necessary.
Act 46-Vital Records Law Effective 7/1/2019
Act 46 enhances the security of birth and death certificates, provides better protection against misuse of these legal documents, and reduces the risk of identity theft. Certified copies may be obtained at any Vermont Town or City Clerk’s Office or online at: secure.vermont.gov/VSARA/vitalrecords.
- Only family members, legal guardians, certain court-appointed parties or their legal representatives can apply for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate. For death certificates, a funeral home or crematorium may apply for a certified copy.
- Applicants must show valid identification when applying for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate.
- Certified copies of birth and death certificates can be ordered from any town in Vermont.
- Nothing will change when it comes to ordering copies of marriage, civil union, divorce or dissolution certificates, but there will be minor changes to what you need to do to obtain a marriage license.
Vermont recording fees to increase as of July 1, 2019
Summary of Vermont Recording Fee Changes per H.526 (approved by VT Legislature 2019 session)
32 V.S.A. §1671, effective July 1, 2019
Document recording fees
PTTR (Property transfer tax return)
Survey plat recording fees
Certified copy of records (no change)
Examination of records (vault time)
* Documents include all items recorded in the land records (deeds, mortgages, assignments, liens, releases, permits)
* Multiple assignments or releases included on one document are charged $15/assignment or release.
2019 Unclaimed Property Report: The Vermont State Treasurer list includes over 1,200 individual instances of unclaimed property just for Pawlet; several cases involve more than $100-$200 in unclaimed property. To view the list and learn how to pursue a claim, visit: https://www.vermonttreasurer.gov/content/unclaimed-property. The list is also posted at the Town Hall bulletin board.
Pawlet Town Clerk: Deb Hawkins
Assistant Town Clerk: Sue LaPorte
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Thursday, 9 AM – 12 PM. Closed Friday.
Note: The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on September 30.
Location: 122 School St., Pawlet, VT 05761
Mail: PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT 05761
Phone: 802-325-3309 extension 1
All records in the town office are open for public view during business hours.
The Town Clerk’s Office is responsible for:
- Administering all local and state elections
- Recording of land records & town proceedings
- Filing and indexing of all births, deaths & marriages (vital records)
- Filing and indexing liens, surveys and an assortment of other documents
- Issuing dog licenses and motor vehicle re-registrations
- Voter registration
- Notarizing documents
- Preservation and restoration of land records and vital records
- Transfer Station Solid Waste ticket sales
- Issuing Green Mountain Passports
Town Clerk Tid-Bits, by Deb Hawkins
Four Easy Ways to Get Your Vermont Income Tax Forms from the Vermont Department of Taxes:
- Download fillable PDF forms from the web http://tax.vermont.gov/tax-forms-and-publications; free, unlimited downloads!
- Order forms online http://tax.vermont.gov/form-request
- Order forms by email email@example.com
- Order forms by phone 802-828-2515 or (toll free) 855-297-5600
When you order, provide the following: your name, mailing address, daytime phone, form name or form number, and quantity of each form.
Note: There is a fee when ordering more than 5 forms or income tax return booklets.
For a faster refund, e-file your taxes!
For information on free e-filing and tax assistance for qualified taxpayers, visit www.tax.vermont.gov.
Auto registration renewals can be done by the Town Clerk for a fee of $3.00, if it is not more than two months past due. You must have a check made payable to Department of Motor Vehicles for the amount of the registration renewal. Cash cannot be accepted for a registration renewal; however, the fee to the town may be by check or cash. Note that if you are currently a registered voter, it is not necessary to fill out the Voter Registration portion of your Vermont Driver’s License Renewal.
Green Mountain Passports are available to qualified applicants for $2.00 each. Information is available in the Town Clerk’s Office.
Civil Marriage Licenses are $60.00 and once issued are good for 60 days. Applying for a civil marriage license is not an issued license. A license will be prepared by the Town Clerk once the application is submitted. Residents of Vermont must apply in the town that one or the other applicant resides. Out of state applicants may apply to any town in Vermont. Please note that ALL marriages in the State of Vermont are Civil Marriages.
Dog Licenses: Vermont law requires all dogs over 6 months old to be licensed with the town clerk. Owners must present a current rabies certificate to the town clerk by April 1 each year. If the dog has been spayed or neutered, the certificate for that must also be presented to pay a reduced license fee. Before April 1 the fee for spayed/neutered dogs is $10 and $14 for dogs that have not been spayed/neutered. After April 1 the fees increase to $14 and $20, respectively. VSA Title 20 §3621 states “the legislative body of a municipality may at any time issue a warrant to one or more police officers, or constables, or pound keepers, directing them to proceed forthwith to destroy in a humane way or cause to be destroyed in a humane way all dogs or wolf hybrids within the town or city not licensed …”
E-mail notices: Anyone wishing to receive e-mails from this office regarding elections, office closures, deadlines for dog licenses, voter registration, absentee ballot requests and special notices should e-mail Deb Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org; please put “add me to e-mail list” in the subject line.