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CARING.COM – Senior & Assisted Living Resources

Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured on the Administration for Community Living, AARP, Forbes, and referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the internet.  We work with a group of senior advocates and based on conversations with community leaders across the US, many seniors are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help maintain their independence and quality of life. So we created a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support, organizations, and available care options that are in every city in Vermont that can help senior citizens stay connected with their community. You can read more about our work here:

https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living/vermont


Town Informational Hearing, March 4, 6:30pm, Town Hall Auditorium

West Rutland Polling Hours

Polling hours at the Town of West Rutland Town Hall, will be March 5, 2019, 10:00am – 7:00pm. Absentee Ballots may be obtained by calling the Town Clerk’s office at 438-2204.

Development Review Board Jan. 16 Meeting Cancelled

NOTICE: The  West  Rutland Development  Review Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 has been cancelled.   

The next regular meeting will be on February 20, 2019 at 7:00pm, at Town Office.

PROPERTY REAPPRAISAL – FAQs

January 11, 2019

Letters were sent out by our reappraisal contractor, Vision Government Solutions last week.   These letters were a follow up to the cold call first attempts made during 2018 and were sent to all taxpayers for whom Vision was unable to complete an interior inspection of the property.    If you did have a full inspection with the data collectors this summer or fall and have received this letter in error, please disregard it and our apologies for the confusion.   If you did not have an interior inspection and would like to schedule one, please call Vision at 1-888-844-4300 or you may schedule an appointment at the website at www.vgsi.com/schedules.

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the Reappraisal:

  • Do I need to let the appraisal team complete an interior inspection?

Per Vermont statutes you are not required to allow an interior inspection by the appraisal team or the Listers.   Without an interior inspection, the appraisal team and Listers will make assumptions based on the exterior of the dwelling and will use those assumptions and existing data to arrive at an assessed value for your property.  

If you choose to grieve at the Listers Grievance level, you will be asked to allow an interior inspection of the property if you did not previously have one.   Again, you may refuse this, but the Listers will most likely deny your appeal if this is so.   If you choose to grieve at the next level of Board of Civil Authority, you will be required to permit an interior inspection or the appeal is declared null and you cannot go to the next level of appeal.

The advice of the Listers is to allow an interior inspection so that we can be fair and accurate for assessments for all taxpayers.   One common example of the taxpayer that may benefit from allowing an interior inspection is a case where the owner may have updated the exterior of the dwelling with new siding and/or roofing yet the inside is significantly more dated.   Without seeing the interior of the home, the assumption will be made that the inside is in similar condition to the outside.

  • When will taxpayers be notified of the results of the reappraisal?

This reappraisal project is to take effect for the 2019 Grand List.   The new values will be on your tax bill that will be sent out in July of 2019.   Formal change of assessment notices are due to be set out by June 4, 2019, per state statute.   This notification will show your previous assessed value and new assessed value and will also provide the dates and instructions for filing a grievance appeal if you choose to do so.    The appraisal contractor will also send out a preliminary notice in May of 2019 allowing taxpayers to review the data upon which your final assessment will be based.

Winter Parking Ban

WINTER PARKING BAN

To aid in snow removal, beginning December 1st. until March 31st it is illegal to park on the street between 2:00 AM and 7:00 AM. Violators will be towed at the owner’s expense.  Thank you for your cooperation.

STAKES/PLOWING ACROSS THE ROAD NOT PERMITTED

Placing stakes or reflectors on your lawn along the edge of the road pavement are not permitted. The snowplow drivers need the room to remove the snow. Nothing can be placed in the right of way without Town Permission.  It is also illegal to plow snow across the road.  Please be sure to keep the sidewalks cleared after they are plowed.

 

FIRE HYDRANTS

If you have a hydrant on or near your property, we would appreciate any assistance with snow removal.

Fire Hydrant Flushing – Week of November 5, 2018

The Town of West Rutland Water Department will be flushing hydrants the week of November 5, 2018.

Notice of Sale of Municipal Real Estate

Notice of sale of municipal real estate

Water Tips for the upcoming cold weather…

Water Leaks, sump pumps and winter running faucets….

Please help us save money and water this winter. If you have had a frozen water pipe in the past, please make sure to run one faucet during the coldest days. The water only needs to be running a stream about the size of a pencil. If your basement is warm then you will only have to run the water after the ground freezes down to the water line. Only run the water when needed.

If you have a dripping or running fixture in your home, please get it repaired. If you live near a house that is vacant, please check on it to make sure that there is no water running in it. If there is an outside hose connection, you can put your ear to it and if there is a leak you will be able to hear it. If you notice an area in your neighborhood that is wetter than normal, please call us so we can check on it.

If you have a sump pump that is connected to the sewer, it is an illegal connection and must be disconnected. Please don’t pump the water to the sewer system. The extra water has to be treated and the pumps and the plant will fail if we receive too much ground water.

Thank you for helping us save time and money!

Route Diet Information

Please see the links below on road diet information from the Federal Highway Safety Program.

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/resources/pdf/fhwasa17019.pdf  Economic Impact

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/resources/pdf/fhwasa17020.pdf  Emergency Response

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/resources/pdf/fhwasa17021.pdf Question and Answer Fact Sheet

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/ general information