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It’s Been a Month!

 

It’s hard to believe, but it’s only been one month since we launched the Woodstock Area Relief Fund (WARF). It’s even harder to believe that we have received over $360,000 in donations and another large chunk has been pledged. Although when you think about it, it’s not that surprising. Neighbors pull together to help neighbors when needed, especially in this area.

 

WARF is a volunteer-run nonprofit that provides financial assistance to residents of the Windsor Central Supervisory Union. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to help with rent, food, and other household expenses. So far, we’ve helped 111 households, a mixture of Woodstock, Reading, Pomfret, Plymouth, Killington, Bridgewater, and Barnard residents.

 

The majority of the funds have been used for rent/mortgage payments. “Thank you SO much for the relief payment for my family’s rent, which I just received in the mail,” said one applicant. “I have never been in a position where I have needed to accept help or relief like this, and I am so humbled and appreciative. Our case worker was amazing—she made this seem so normal and was so helpful and kind. I can’t tell you how much this means to my family.”

 

In addition to getting much-needed money for rent, auto expenses, utilities, and food to applicants, caseworkers make sure they know about local resources such as health foundations and food banks. One applicant thanked us for reaching out with such a generous helping hand and said they were grateful for the ideas and contacts we gave them.

 

The application process is completely confidential and extremely EASY. So, please, reach out to us if you need help.

 

To ask questions: woodstockcovid19@gmail.com

To see regular updates on Facebook: @woodstockarearelieffund

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Town of Woodstock

Notice of Vacancy

Billings Park Commission

A vacancy exists on the Billings Park Commission for the Town of Woodstock. The Billings Park Commission manages Mount Peg Park and the Billings Park.

An interview by the Select Board is required.

If interested in being considered for this vacancy, please write a letter of interest to:

Municipal Manager, William Kerbin

Town of Woodstock

P.O. Box 488

Woodstock, VT 05091

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Woodstock Town Listers

2020 Grievance Notice

The grievance period begins after April 1st and ends on June 18th. Please complete the Grievance Application on our website (https://townofwoodstock.org/departments/town-listers/) and provide any back up documentation (price paid, comparable sales, appraisals, etc.).  Please note that the price you paid is not automatic justification for a change in value. We will review if the purchase was an “arm’s length transaction” and other relevant information to ensure Fair Market Price is reflected for your property assessment.

Woodstock Town Lister’s will follow Vermont’s Property Valuation and Review recommended protocols for grievance submissions/hearings held in 2020:

Due to the health threat caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and recommendations based on public health, we will not be holding face-to-face grievance hearings this year. If you wish to grieve, you MUST submit a grievance in writing by the date indicated in this notice, June 18, 2020. You are entitled to state the grievance in a hearing. If you wish to be heard in a live format in addition to submitting your grievance in writing, please provide us with a phone number and email address where we can reach you for a phone or Zoom conference call. If we are unable to reach you on grievance day at the number you provide, and you do not return our call by the end of grievance hearings, we will decide your grievance based upon the materials provided with your written grievance.

Grievance Phase 1 (Required)

All Grievances must be in writing and submitted via email or mail by the close of grievance day, June 18, 2020. We will accept mail postmarked that day. The Grievance Information & Application link can be found on our website.

Website: https://townofwoodstock.org/departments/town-listers

Email: woodstocklisters@townofwoodstock.org

Mail: Woodstock Town Listers, PO Box 488, Woodstock, VT 05091

Grievance Phase 2 (As Needed)

Those appellants wishing to support their written appeal with verbal testimony will be given the opportunity via telephone conference or Zoom video conference. Verbal testimony is only needed if Phase 1’s written submission does not justify a change in assessment after the Lister’s review and the property owner wants to present their case. The Lister’s will set up a day and time with you for this call.

Guidance from statute

Taxpayer’s deadlines. The law contemplates “the grievance meeting” to be a one-day affair, 32 V.S.A. §4111(g), while also recognizing that grievances often spill over into additional days. The statutes therefore provide that a grievance meeting continues until all grievances are heard. 32 V.S.A. §§ 4221-4222. The continuance of the grievance meeting, however, does not change the deadline by which grievances must be lodged. Taxpayers who wish to grieve must get a written notice of appeal to the board of listers on or before the grievance date stated in the change of appraisal notice. Any grievance notice received after that day – even if received while the listers are hearing grievances due to continuances – does not meet the requirement of being filed “at or prior to the time fixed for hearing appeals,” 32 V.S.A. 4222, is untimely, and should not be heard.

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Vermont’s Downtown and Village Center tax credit program is one of the primary benefits of Downtown and Village Center designation, and supports revitalization in community centers across the state.

In 2020, $2,600,000 in state income tax credits are available to projects that enhance the historic character and improve building safety of older and historic commercial and community buildings in these designated communities. The credits support general rehabilitation work, code compliance work, and façade improvements, and may be combined with the federal program.

Applications for the next round of tax credits are due Wednesday July 1, 2020 and the Vermont Downtown Board will make is allocation decisions by mid-August.

See the attached program guidelines and application. If you are not able to gather required attachments due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, contact Caitlin Corkins to discuss possible extensions. We also encourage applicants to reach out to Caitlin with any other questions about the program or the application.

2020 HTC Guidelines and Application

Finally, stay tuned for an upcoming webinar opportunity which will cover program basics, the scoring criteria, and how to compile a competitive application.

Applications must be submitted electronically to caitlin.corkins@vermont.gov or to:

Caitlin Corkins

State of Vermont

Division for Community Planning & Revitalization

One National Life Drive

Davis Building, 6th Floor

Montpelier, VT 05620-0501

Anyone interested in applying for this program may contact Bill Kerbin, Municipal Manager with the Town of Woodstock, at 802-457-3456 or at wkerbin@townofwoodstock.org.

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Parking Moratorium until May 31. Residents and employees will not need to feed the parking meters until May 31, 2020.

Registration for short-term rentals extended until June 30. Registrations were due by the end of May and so are now accepted until the end of June.

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Town Hall Municipal Manager’s Office

Property Tax FAQ

Updated 04/16/2020

1. Are property taxes still due on May 1, 2020?

a. Yes, they are still due on May 1st. If this changes, the townofwoodstock.org website and all other platforms will be used to inform residents and property owners.

2. Is penalty and interest going to be waived on property taxes like it was on sewer bills?

a. At this time, no decision has been made and penalty and interest will be assessed after May 1, 2020. If this changes, the townofwoodstock.org website and all other platforms will be used to inform residents and property owners.

3. How can I send in my property tax check?

a. Mail: Town of Woodstock, PO Box 488, Woodstock, VT 05091

b. Dropbox: There is a silver drop box in the lobby that is available during business hours for the Town Clerk. This box will be checked periodically throughout the day through Friday.

c. UPS/FedEx : Town of Woodstock, 31 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091

4. How can I get a copy of my property tax bill? a. Email Beth Fish at bfish@townofwoodstock.org or call 802-457-3456 x2104 and leave a message and your call will be returned.

5. Can I get a receipt for my property tax payment?

a. Yes, please include the request with an email address or postal address with your payment and a receipt will be sent.

AT THIS TIME:

The Municipal Manager’s Office is working from home, so please use the contact information below to reach the person you would like to talk to. If you leave a voicemail, the person will return your call.

Zoie Parent, Human Resources, Staff Accountant, zparent@townofwoodstock.org Phone: 457-3456 x2106

Nicole Nourse, Administrative Assistant to Municipal Manager, nnourse@townofwoodstock.org Phone: 457-3456 x2101

Beth Fish, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Property/Sewer Taxes, Ambulance Billing, bfish@townofwoodstock.org

Phone: 457-3456 x2104

Bill Kerbin, Municipal Manager, wkerbin@townofwoodstock.org

Phone: 457-3456 x2103

Cell: 802-222-7727

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WARNING

VILLAGE OF WOODSTOCK

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

June 9, 2020

 

 

 

The citizens of the Village of Woodstock, who are legal voters in the Village of Woodstock, Vermont, County of Windsor, are hereby warned to meet at the Town Hall on the 9th day of June 2020, at 7:00 A.M., continuing until 7:00 P.M., for the purpose of transacting during that time, voting by Australian ballot.

 

The citizens of the Village of Woodstock, who are legal voters in the Village of Woodstock, County of Windsor, State of Vermont, are hereby warned to meet at the Woodstock Town Hall in said Village on the 9th day of June, 2020 at 7:30 P.M. to act upon the following articles.

 

 

ARTICLE   1:                To elect Village officers for the ensuing year as required by law:

 

Moderator                                            1 year term

Clerk                                                    1 year term

Trustee                                                 3 year term (Australian Ballot)

Trustee                                                 2 year term (Australian Ballot)

Treasurer                                              1 year term

Trustee of Public Funds                      1 year term

Auditors (2)                                          1 year term

Fire Wardens (3)                                  1 year term

 

ARTICLE 2:                  To receive and act upon the reports of the Village officers.

 

ARTICLE 3:                  To fix the annual compensation for the elected Village officers.

 

Moderator                                             50.00 per meeting

Treasurer                                             1500.00 per year

Clerk                                                     400.00 per year

Trustees                                                750.00 per year

 

ARTICLE 4:                  To see if the Village will vote to collect the Village General taxes on real estate and all other taxes levied through the Treasurer under the provisions of Title 32 VSA, Chapter 133 and fix the date of payment as November 6, 2020 and May 7, 2021.

 

ARTICLE 5:                  To see if the Village will vote to authorize the Treasurer, with the

                                    approval of the Board of Trustees, to borrow money if necessary, in

anticipation of taxes for FY 2020-2021 to defray current expenses and

debt of the Village.

 

ARTICLE 6:                  To see if the Village will vote to appropriate the sum of One Million three

Hundred Twenty-Four Thousand Five Hundred Eighty-Five Dollars

($1,324,585) and raise by taxation the sum of Five Hundred Seventy-Four Thousand Eighty-Seven Dollars ($574,087) to pay the current expenses and debt of the village.

 

 

General Government                             $ 252,280

Boards & Agencies                                     102,300

Fire Department/STR Enforcement                  4,700

Village Highway                                              45,000

Village Police                                             919,305

Capital Reserve Spending                              1,000

 

Total                                        $ 1,324,585

 

                                         

ARTICLE VII:               To see if the Village will vote to appropriate and raise by taxation the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for the care and planting of trees.

 

ARTICLE VIII:              To see if the Village will vote to raise and appropriate from taxes the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for the purpose of Village beautification projects and seasonal decorations. This money to be spent at the discretion of the Board of Village Trustees.

 

ARTICLE IX:                To see if the Village will vote to appropriate the sum of Four Hundred Dollars ($400) for the purpose of paying the Trustee of Public Funds for services rendered, and approve such expenditure from income of the trust funds.

                                   

ARTICLE X:                 To see if the Village will vote to appropriate the sum of Four Hundred Dollars ($400) for the purpose of auditing the Public Trust Funds, and approve such expenditure from income of the trust fund.

 

ARTICLE XI:                To act on any other business that may legally come before the Village Meeting.

 

 

Dated at Woodstock, County of Windsor, State of Vermont this 11th day of February 2020.

 

 

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

 

Jeffrey Kahn, Chair

Antonina DiNatale

Cary Agin

Keri Cole

 

Donald R. Wheeler

Village Clerk

 

NOTICE TO VOTERS

 

 

 

Woodstock residents not on the voter checklist may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s office in the Town Hall.

 

Absentee ballots are available from the Town Clerk prior to 4:30 P.M. on June 8, 2020.  A voter, who expects to be an early or absentee voter, or an authorized person on behalf of such voter, may apply for an early voter absentee ballot until 4:30 P.M. or the closing of the Town Clerk’s office on the day preceding the election.

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The application period for the Fire/EMS career job posting is now open . Resumes are welcomed along with the application.

The deadline for applications is May 9th ,2020. Should you have questions contact Chief Green at 802-457-7517.

Applications are available at https://www.woodstockfire-ems.org/

Please return the application Via email to Davidgreen@townofwoodstock.org or mail them to :

Woodstock Fire Dept.

Attn Chief Green

454 Woodstock Rd

Woodstock VT, 05091

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Village Voters:
 Due to COVID-19, and wanting to keep everyone safe and well, the Village Vote and Annual Village Meeting scheduled for tomorrow March 17 will be postponed until April 21, 2020.
Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience to our voters. Please contact the Municipal Managers Office at 457-3456 or by email at nnourse@townofwoodstock.org with questions or concerns.