TOWNSHEND VERMONT TREASURER
Town Treasurer and Tax Collector: Elaine Hill
TERM EXPIRES 2021
TOWNSHEND TOWN TREASURER
PO BOX 223
2006 ROUTE 30
TOWNSHEND, VT 05353
PHONE: 802-365-7300 Extension 2
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 an appointed position and is currently the Townshend Treasurer. The Treasure/Tax Collector need not be there to accept your tax payment. You may pay your property taxes at any time the town office doors are open which is 9 AM until 4:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (except holidays).
The Treasurer's office is in the Townshend Town Hall and the office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10 AM until 2 PM, give or take. The office is closed on a variety of holidays.
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.”
At the March, 2020 Town Meeting, the voters set the due date for tax payments for 2020/2021 to be as follows: August 28, 2020, November 24, 2020, February 26, 2021, and May 28, 2021. 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 2020/2021 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 May 30, 2021 which is when non-paid tax bills 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
Photo courtesy Steven Meyer