April 10, 2019, Town Treasurer Judy Coolidge Retires After 38 Years
When Judy Coolidge started in 1981 as Pawlet’s treasurer, she was given one checkbook to manage. Almost four decades later, she has handed the books over to lifelong Pawlet resident Julie Mach, who has been appointed as the new Town Treasurer. Currently Judy holds the records for the longest-serving town treasurer in Pawlet’s history! The Town of Pawlet is deeply grateful to Judy for all her capable help over the years and extends a hearty welcome to Julie.
Town Treasurer: Julie Mach, 802-325-3309 x 2; email@example.com
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 AM. – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Additional days as necessary during tax collection.
The town treasurer’s office is located in the village of Pawlet at 122 School Street in the historic Town Hall. Our office is responsible for maintaining the financial records of the town, school district and library as well as collecting taxes and paying orders drawn by the Select Board on town accounts.
Tax Bills Confidential: 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. The authorization form is available here: TaxBillAuthorization
Important update — When are taxes due?
Tax payments are due in two equal installments. In the 2018 tax year, the payments are due September 10, 2018 and February 11, 2019. Tax bills were mailed out in early August 2018; taxpayers only receive one bill for both payments. Payments must be made on or before the due dates to avoid 1.5% interest charges and, in the case of the second installment, an additional 8% penalty. The Treasurer’s office will be open for tax collection each day starting the week prior to the due date, as well as anytime during regular hours in the weeks prior. If you are mailing your payment, please allow enough time. Dropping your payment in the outside mailbox at the Pawlet Post Office the day taxes are due no longer means we will get it that day. Postmarks are allowed, but if the taxes are not received within five days of the due date, a late fee will be assessed.
The tax rate set by the Select Board for 2018 were:
Residential – 1.8618
Non-residential – 2.1057
Are postmarks accepted?
Yes, tax payments in envelopes postmarked on or before due date will be considered timely. Note that dropping your payment in the outside mailbox at the post office the day taxes are due no longer means we will get it that day.
What is the rate of interest and how is it assessed?
Interest is charged at the rate of 1.5% per month on all accounts not paid on or before due dates.
When are taxes turned over to the delinquent collector and is there a penalty assessed?
Taxes are turned over to the delinquent collector the day after the final payment is due. An 8% collector’s fee is charged at that time.
Who do I call for delinquent tax information?
Kim Ayers is our delinquent tax collector. She can be reached at 518-321-2654, or you can call our office. The policy for collection of delinquent taxes is available here: Pawlet Policy for Collection of Delinquent Taxes April 2016.
Do you accept credit cards?
No we are not set up to accept credit cards.
Do I need to file my HS122 (Homestead Declaration) each year?
Yes. Vermont resident homeowners must annually file a Declaration of Homestead on their principal dwelling as of April 1, 2014. File online at https://secure.vermont.gov/hd/index.
Do you charge for a copy of my tax bill?
If you come to get a copy yourself, no. We do charge others requesting copies.