Meeting of the
BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY
Town Clerk’s Office
October 1, 2022
THOSE PRESENT: Curtis Koren, Chair; John Benson, Beth DeForge, Stuart Edson, Linda Runnion and Betty Lord
The Board met to make a final decision on the appeals which were made by individuals who wished to have property values lowered from the appraised values set by the town-wide appraisal.
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 9:05 am. As Mr. Edson was a Lister at the time the appraisals were made, he recused himself from voting on decisions made by the Board.
It was determined that those Board members who attended the various inspections, would sign the inspection reports. The Board agreed to review and vote on each appeal, one at a time.
Mr. Benson read the inspection report written for the home of Mr. Justin Poulin at 3302 West Street. Discussion ensued on the request made by Mr. Poulin to reduce the value listed for his personal dwelling. Despite some maintenance being needed on the house, it is still considered to be in Average condition.
Mr. Benson made a motion that as the Board agrees the evaluation of the house to be as appraised, the value should remain as presented. Ms. Runnion seconded the motion which was approved 5-0-1. (5 for, 0 against, 1 abstention.)
Ms. DeForge read the inspection review for the dwelling of Mr. Max Ferris. The Board agreed the house is not Average quality, but a Fair quality level. The rating of Fair was determined by design, materials and workmanship.
Ms. Runnion made a motion to change the qualification of the Ferris dwelling from Average (3.0) to Fair (2.0) asking the Listers to calculate the new value. Ms. DeForge seconded the motion which was approved 5-0-1.
Ms. Lord read the inspection review for the property owned by Mr. John Parker at 6332 VT Route 14. Reviewing the former church first, the Board, using comparables reduced the cost of square feet from $20 to $16 per sq ft. The dwelling quality was reduced from Average to Poor.
Ms. Runnion made a motion to increase the amount of depreciation to 65% and change the quality of Average to Poor on the dwelling; and to reduce the value of the amount per sq ft on the former church building from $20 to $16 per sq ft. Ms. DeForge seconded the motion which was approved 5-0-1.
Mr. Edson read the inspection report on the property owned by Michael & Joseph Garbitelli at 1506 West Street. After some discussion, Ms. DeForge made a motion to reduce the quality rating from 3.00 to 2.50, and to change the complete figure from 88% to 80% complete; and the condition of the dwelling to be increased from 30% to 40% physical depreciation. Ms. Runnion seconded the motion which passed 5-0-1.
Mr. Edson also read the inspection report on the property owned by Michael Garbitelli ,et al. at 1680 West Street. After much discussion, Ms. Runnion moved to let the appraised value of $979,800 stand as presented. Ms. DeForge seconded the motion which was approved 5-0-1.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10.55 am.
Betty T. Lord
BCA Member and