Thank you for taking an interest in serving on this commission
and serving our community. A description of the Board of Assessors
is below. By having Burlington residents on the Board of Assessors
(BOA), citizens offer a perspective that helps this office become
more open, accessible and fair.
The BOA is comprised of the City Assessor (Chair) and two
members, all whom reside in Burlington. The main function of the
BOA is to attend the annual property valuation appeal hearings. The
appeal hearings are an essential function for establishing a fair
assessed value. Information provided, from a taxpayer, at the
Property Appeal Hearings will assist the Board of Assessors in
determining a fair assessed value. The Board has the responsibility
to establish fair values for all taxable property. It is not a
requirement for you to be an expert in real estate valuation to be
on the board. We are looking for Burlington residents with good
reasoning skills and a desire to help the community.
The duties of the BOA.
The BOA may visit the property when there is a discrepancy
between the taxpayer's information and the assessor's data. If a
factual error, e.g., an incorrect lot size, gross living area,
finished living area, bathroom count, or outbuilding is found, the
city assessor will correct it.
After testimony has been given, the BOA will deliberate about the
property under review. Deliberations are conducted in the absence
of the taxpayer(s). The appeal hearings are held to gather
information from the property owner-assessed value is never
determined at the time of the appeal.
According to section 87 of the
Burlington City Charter, BOA property valuation appeal hearings are
held before May 25th of each year. The appeal hearings are
typically held for three or four consecutive days in the third week
of May. A commitment of additional time is necessary during a
reappraisal year. Ask the city assessor about the reappraisal year
I would like to encourage anyone interested in serving on the BOA
to visit the Assessor's Office. We would be happy to give a more
detailed explanation of the role of the BOA to anyone interested.
Our office can be reached at (802) 865-7114 or by fax at (802)
865-7116. Additional information regarding the City Assessor's
office and the property appeal process can be viewed at our web
Contact the Clerk/Treasurer's Office to obtain an
application for the Board of Assessors. The City Clerk/Treasurer's
Office phone number is (802) 865-7000