Second Installment of Property Taxes Due February 10, 2020: Property tax bills were mailed on July 24, 2019. The first payment was due September 10, 2019, and the second payment is due February 10, 2020. This is the only bill that property owners will receive. Please mark your calendars to remind yourself of the February payment due date. The Town Treasurer will have extended office hours to accept payments the week of February 3, 2020: regular hours on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday; and on Friday 8:30 to 11:30 AM.

Town Treasurer: Julie Mach, 802-325-3309 x 2; pawlettreas@vermontel.net
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 and the library, as well as collecting taxes and paying orders drawn by the Select Board on town accounts.

Town Treasurer’s Policies: On October 22, 2019, the following policies were adopted by the Treasurer of the Town of Pawlet, with the endorsement of the Pawlet Select Board of the Town of Pawlet:
– Town of Pawlet Cash Receipts, Petty Cash and Returned Check Policy
– Town of Pawlet Tax Collection Policy
– Town of Pawlet Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting Policy
– Town of Pawlet Records Maintenance and Distribution Policy

The complete policies may be viewed here: Treasurer’s Policies October 2019

Julie Mach, Town Treasurer

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

FAQ’s:

When are taxes due?
Tax payments are due in two equal installments. In the current tax year, the payments are due September 10, 2019 and February 10, 2020. 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. 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 2019 were:
Residential – 1.8781
Non-residential – 2.0572

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. 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.