TOWNSHEND VERMONT TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR
Town Treasurer and Tax Collector: Joe Daigneault
TOWNSHEND TOWN TREASURER OR TOWNSHEND TAX COLLECTOR
PO BOX 223
2006 ROUTE 30
TOWNSHEND, VT 05353
PHONE: 802-365- 7300 Extension 106
Elected Official. Currently the term is for one year so it expires as of Town Meeting Day in any given year. If the Treasurer should resign or pass away during their term, the Select Board may either appoint someone to fill the remainder of the term or call a Special Town Meeting for the purpose of electing a new individual to fill the remainder of the term.
The Tax Collector is a separately elected position. It is also is a one year term. In this instance it is also held by the Treasurer. Note that it is different from the position of Delinquent Tax Collector which is another elected position. Once taxes go delinquent they become the responsibility of the Delinquent Tax Collector and you will, most certainly, hear from them with their contact information.
The office is in the Townshend Town Hall and the office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 8:30 AM until Noon, give or take . The office is closed on a variety of holidays. The Treasurer / Tax Collector need not be there to accept your tax payment. You may pay your property taxes at any time the office doors are open which would be until 4:00 PM on the above noted days.
From the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Treasurer’s Handbook: Quoting, “The town treasurer plays a vital role in Vermont municipal government. The town treasurer is a key player in keeping the town’s financial accounts, investing town money, keeping a record of the taxes voted and paying the bills when orders to do so are properly submitted. An equally important role is the largely unwritten one of interacting with other town officials to insure that the town finances run smoothly.......... Put simply, the town treasurer handles the finances and keeps the accounts for the municipality.”
The Treasurer position in Townshend is largely an oversight one, not a full time one. All the day to day activity, payment of invoices, keeping track of various accounts, and numerous other bookkeeping duties are handled by a separate bookkeeper. The email address above will also go to the bookkeeper and the extension for the bookkeeper (same phone #) is 103.
The Tax Collector's position is self explanatory, no?
At the March, 2017 Town Meeting, the voters set the due date for tax payments for 2017/2018 to be as follows: August 25, 2017 (Delayed to August 30), November 29, 2017, February 23, 2018, and May 25, 2018. Tax bills must be mailed out to property holders at least 30 days in advance of the due date of the first installment so the first payment may be delayed based on that.
Monthly interest on unpaid taxes, for the 2017/2018 fiscal year, will be charged at the rate of one-half percent (1/2%) or fraction thereof; interest of one percent (1%) or fraction thereof plus penalties (a flat 8%) will commence on June 1, 2018 which is when things are turned over to the Delinquent Tax Collector.
The tax bill you received is the only one you will receive for the entire fiscal year. Be sure to keep a copy for income tax purposes. Additional copies will cost $1 each.
Mail tax payments to PO Box 223, Townshend, VT 05353
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