Listers determine the value of the real and personal property in the town. Each Vermont town has three listers, one of whom is elected each year for staggered three-year terms. Listers are directed by state law to appraise all taxable property in the town at 100% of the fair market value. Listers hold grievance hearings for those taxpayers who wish to contest listers’ appraisals. Their decisions may be appealed to the Board of Civil Authority, and listers may appear before the board to defend the appraisals in question. The Listers also serve on the Board of Tax Abatement to determine whether a taxpayer may have his or her taxes abated.
Many of the activities associated with the Grand List have requirements concerning timing, notification, format and substancethat, by State statute, must be strictly adhered to. The elected listers work with and oversee the timely adherence to these statutes by our Grand List maintenance contractor Vermont Appraisal Compnay.
Procedural details must also be followed by the property owner in requesting any changes/corrections to the information that resides in the Grand List. Forms are available and can be printed, filled-out, and then mailed to the Town Office to the attention of the Listers.
A Guide for Vermont Listers and Assessors
Published by the Division of Property Valuation and Review
Vermont Department of Taxes 06-2018 Pub. GB-1143
Tim Denny, Chair
Kerrie Bushway, Vice-Chair
Tom Jacobs, Secretary
Monday 9 am - Noon
Tuesday 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Listers are also available by appointment
Office number: 802-765-4360
Scroll down the page to access Town Parcel Maps.
When Should You File a Property Transfer Tax Return?
A Property Transfer Tax Return must be filed with a town clerk whenever a deed(s) transferring title to real property is delivered to a town clerk for recording. A town clerk cannot record any deed unless it is accompanied by a completed Property Transfer Tax Return.
Introduction to grieving a property tax assessment
The Board of Listers is dedicated to providing a just assessment for all Strafford properties and recognizes the importance of the property tax assessment appeal process (formally known as grieving). The Listers are available at any time during the year to discuss assessments, but we especially anticipate interaction with owners during the grievance period.
Every spring the Listers update the Grand List to account for property improvements that have occurred since April 1st of the previous year. After the preliminary Grand List is completed, landowners whose assessment has changed are mailed a letter briefly describing the changes and the schedule for appealing their property tax assessment. Property owners not receiving a change of assessment notice may also grieve. Grievance hearings are generally held over one or two days in June.
Prior to requesting a grievance hearing, property owners are encouraged to discuss their questions or concerns with the Listers, because in many cases the situation can be resolved without a hearing. Examples that can be resolved without a grievance hearing are: address corrections, undisputed property line issues, undisputed parcel descriptions, changes in parcel condition such as the removal of a building not noted by the Listers and other factual errors. However, if a disagreement remains, property owners should request a grievance hearing.
Listers request that those wishing to grieve consider the following:
The only purpose of grievance hearings is to determine an agreeable assessed value of a property (32 VSA 3431). Listers have nothing to do with the tax rate or the ultimate tax on a property. Listers also do not determine Current Use values.
Grievance hearings are scheduled to be 15 minutes. This time is used only to hear the appeal and not to resolve it. Resolution is done in a subsequent executive session of the Listers.
In advance of your presentation, you should gather factual evidence and organize your arguments for presentation in the clearest possible form. At the hearing, briefly identify all of your points of concern at the beginning of your presentation. The more specific you are in stating your concerns the easier it is for the Listers to address them. You may return to any point for further discussion and to answer questions from the Listers.
A more complete presentation of the grievance process has been prepared by the Vermont Institute for Government. Go to the web address https://www.uvm.edu/crs/resources/citizens/ and look for the link entitled ‘Are you Appealing.’
Important dates for grieving will be available at the Town Office and announced on the Strafford Vital Communities discussion list. Anyone may subscribe to this discussion list by sending a blank message to: .
Strafford's Parcel Maps
Strafford’s computerized parcel maps are available for viewing here. You must first have Google Earth (GE) on your computer or device. If you don’t have it you can download it here. When you click on the parcel map file below it will load from the web page to your computer and ask if you want to start up GE. When it starts up the parcel lines will be there and you can pan and zoom as usual. Google Maps also supports this type of overlay.
The 2 MB file will have a name like pmap2016_09_14 and will show up in a folder on the left called Temporary Places. This name includes the date the maps were last updated. Since this changes several times a year you may want to periodically get an updated copy. When you exit from GE it will ask if you want to save the file and if you click YES it will save it to the folder called My Places and will be there each time you start GE. If you click NO, it will not be saved and you will have to go back to the town website to get a new copy next time you want to view it. The check box next to the file name in GE turns the map view on or off. If you download later versions of the map, be careful you don’t have several versions turned on at once. They are differentiated by the date in the name.
You can view certain details about each parcel just by clicking on it.
PID This is the parcel ID which is the 911 address number
P_name1 Name of a land owner associated with the parcel
P_name2 Name of a second land owner associated with the parcel
Maparea The area of the parcel as calculated by the mapping program
P_total The area of the parcel on the grand list for taxation
Source A code letter indicating the source of the map
“S” indicates the data is from a survey
Blank if from deed descriptions
When you click on the parcel map file below it will load from the web page to your computer. It might say:
There was a problem displaying this maps file.
Just click “Download” at this point
Next it should ask if you want to start up GE or download file. Select GE at this point. When it starts up the parcel lines will be there and you can pan and zoom as usual. Google Maps also supports this type of overlay.
The Google Earth Parcel Map File can be downloaded HERE If you have any issues with this link, please contact the Town Clerk's Office
These maps are not in any way admissible as evidence of boundaries and don’t carry the weight of a real survey. The accuracy of parcel boundaries is usually within 30 feet.