Board of Civil Authority

Members of the Board of Civil Authority (BCA) include the Town Clerk, the Select Board, and the Justices of the Peace.

The BCA provides help with the running of elections and acts as a quasi-judicial board for property assessment grievances between taxpayers and listers.

The BCA meets when required or necessary. Agendas and minutes not listed below can be found at the Fayston Town Office.

Elections
The BCA is responsible for maintaining an up-to-date Voter Checklist and will make changes to the Checklist as needed. The Board also assists at elections, delivers absentee ballots, and counts ballots when necessary.

Property Assessment
Property taxes are imposed to support municipal services and public education. Taxes are based on the assessed value of taxable property. Every year the listers prepare the Fayston “Grand List” which is a list of all of the real property and taxable personal property in the Town and the appraised value of that property. A taxpayer who is unhappy with the listers’ appraisal may contest that appraisal and request a lister grievance hearing. 32 V.S.A. § 4221.

After the hearing, the listers notify the taxpayer of their decision and the taxpayer, if not satisfied, may then appeal, in writing, to the BCA within 14 days. 32 V.S.A. § 4404(a). The BCA must hold a hearing and conduct a site inspection of the parcel of property that is the subject of an appeal. 32 V.S.A. § 4404(c). The BCA may sustain, increase, or decrease the value of the property set by the listers. 32 V.S.A. § 4409. A decision issued by the BCA may be appealed to the Director of Property Valuation and Review or to Washington County Superior Court. 32 V.S.A. § 4461.

Minutes
September 21, 2020
September 11, 2020 Property Inspection Report
September 9, 2020
May 21, 2020
August 7, 2019
July 16, 2019 Property Inspection Report
July 10, 2019
April 25, 2019
October 10, 2018
July 24, 2018
July 15, 2018 Property Inspection Report
July 10, 2018
January 24, 2018
July 10, 2017
July 6, 2017 Property Inspection Report
June 29, 2017
June 6, 2017
February 8, 2016
May 26, 2015
July 8, 2014
June 24, 2014
May 12, 2014
July 17, 2013
July 12, 2013 Property Inspection Report
June 24, 2013
May 20, 2013
August 6, 2012
July 12, 2012 Property Inspection Report
June 28, 2012
April 12, 2012
August 11, 2011
July 11, 2011
May 5, 2011
October 7, 2010 Property Inspection Report
October 5, 2010 Property Inspection Report
September 28, 2010
September 27, 2010
September 21, 2010

Agendas
September 9, 2020
August 7, 2019
July 10, 2019
October 10, 2018
July 24, 2018
July 10, 2018
June 29, 2017
February 8, 2016
May 20, 2013
August 6, 2012
June 28, 2012
April 12, 2012
August 11, 2011
May 5, 2011