Jun 202019
 

2019 Lister’s Grievance Hearings

(unapproved minutes)

June 11, 2019

The Board of Listers grievance hearing was brought to order at 4:45 p. m. on June 11, 2019. In attendance were Listers Stuart Edson, Teresa Godfrey and Phyllis Humez. There were three scheduled hearings for June 11th and a fourth on June 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

The first property owner, Roberta Carrier, 56 Old Cross Rd, presented her concerns regarding the value of her property. Ms. Carrier stated the garage roof had been taken off, the interior of the house has been torn out. She would like the assessment decreased to $70-$75 thousand from the $95,600 it is currently at. The Listers and Ms. Carrier agreed to a site visit on June 18th at 5:00 p.m. so the Listers could see the interior of the house.

The second property owners, Jim and Katrina Lumbra, 3025 Ridge Road, felt the property should have been put in as salvage. They purchased this adjoining lot with the intent to remove most of the house/mobile home. When the Listers went on the site visit in October, they recognized the home as not being habitable. The Lumbras are planning on retaining the red barn and possibly the garage. The Listers are in agreement that the home should be put in as salvage and will adjust the value accordingly.

The third property owner, John Sprague, 5254 VT RT 14, wanted to understand where the values for their new home and property came from. The Listers reviewed the cost sheet with Mr. Sprague. The number of fixtures was put in with the wrong count and the quality of the home was a little high. The Listers agreed to review this and would send an updated value to Mr. Sprague.

The fourth property owner, David VonHolden, 932 East Hill Road, brought a copy of a bank appraisal for us to review and let him know what we decided to do for his value.

There were no other scheduled hearings nor were there any walk-in requests for hearings.

The Board of Listers 2019 grievance hearing adjourned at 6:45 p. m. on June 12, 2019.

Respectfully submitted,

Stuart Edson
Teresa Godfrey
Phyllis Humez

Jun 152018
 

Agreeably to the provisions of Title 32 VSA, Sec. 4111, notice is hereby given that the undersigned Listers within and for the Town of Brookfield have completed the abstract of individual lists of persons, co-partnerships, associations or corporations owning taxable property in said town on April 1st 2018, and that they have lodged the same in the office of the clerk of said town for the inspection of taxpayers.
The undersigned Listers will meet from 4:45pm to 6:45pm on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at the town office to hear grievances of persons, co-partnerships, associations or corporations aggrieved by any of their appraisals or by any of their acts as such Listers. Any person who feels aggrieved by the actions of the Listers and desires to be heard by them, shall on or before noon June 20th, file with them his/her objections in writing as prescribed by statutes.
Please call the Lister’s office at 802-276-3352 to arrange an appointment time for your grievance hearing.
Dated May 31th, 2018
Listers: Stuart Edson, Teresa Godfrey, Phyllis Humez

Jun 032017
 

Agreeably to the provisions of Title 32 VSA, Sec. 4111, notice is hereby given that the undersigned Listers within and for the Town of Brookfield have completed the abstract of individual lists of persons, co-partnerships, associations or corporations owning taxable property in said town on April 1st 2017, and that they have lodged the same in the office of the clerk of said town for the inspection of taxpayers.
The undersigned Listers will meet from 4:30pm to 7pm on Thursday, June 15th, 2017, and 9am to noon on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at the town office to hear grievances of persons, co-partnerships, associations or corporations aggrieved by any of their appraisals or by any of their acts as such Listers. Any person who feels aggrieved by the actions of the Listers and desires to be heard by them, shall on or before noon June 15th, file with them his/her objections in writing as prescribed by statutes.
Please call the Lister’s office at 802-276-3352 to arrange an appointment time for your grievance hearing.
Dated May 30th, 2017
Listers: Stuart Edson, Teresa Godfrey, Phyllis Humez

Jun 072016
 

Brookfield Listers Minutes for the 2016 Grievance Hearings Held June 2nd (4:30 to 7:00 p.m.) and June 4th (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon), Brookfield Town Office Listers in attendance on both dates: Stuart Edson, Teresa Godfrey, Phyllis Humez
Tina Golon, a Century 21 real estate agent, represented David Simendinger for grieving the assessed value of Mr. Simendinger’s property listed under the name of C-Store Contracting:

At this time, there is no dwelling on the land but there has been in the past – with water and septic.
The owner would like Brookfield’s assessed value of the property to align more closely with fee appraisals provided by a fee appraiser and the real estate agent. 3. No one knows where the septic is located. 4. Drilled well is thought to be present.

Patricia Mercier grieved the assessed value of her property because the town’s road now runs quite close to one corner of the house: 1. Requested consideration of a decrease in the value of the land between house and road, because according to the Right of Way rules, all of the lawn between house and road could be considered as town property. 2. Informed Listers of how the cellar wall was constructed (circa 1850) in a step formation that extends under the lawn, away from the home’s visible exterior wall, possibly resulting in part of the wall meeting the boundary between lawn and road.
Everett Kettler grieved the assessed value of his land in Brookfield.

Much of the property is too wet to be farmed, and there are steep ravines throughout the wooded area.

George “Skip” Buck grieved the assessed value of his property:

A portion of his parcel has been designated (per State law) as the site for a neighbor’s back-up septic system if ever the neighbor’s existing system fails. This means that that land cannot be built upon.
As we looked at maps together, Mr. Buck also sought the Listers’ advice on where else there might be a possible right-of-way to the back acreage. This was something beyond our expertise, so we suggested he consult another town official, or an engineer, or an expert in excavation and construction.

Respectfully submitted by the Brookfield Listers: Stuart Edson, Teresa Godfrey, Phyllis Humez

Jun 282015
 

Brookfield Listers Minutes for the 2015 Grievance Hearings Held
(unapproved)
Grievance Hearings Held on June 18 (5 to 7pm) and June 20 (8am to 12pm), 2015, Brookfield Town Office
Listers in attendance on both dates: Stuart Edson, Teresa Godfrey, Phyllis Humez
Thomas Heed, guardian to Joseph Heed, grieved the assessed value of Joseph Heed’s property:
1. House never finished. Doors do not have sills, window units not plumb, roof on porch never done, linoleum was not sealed.
2. No one knows where the septic is located.
3. Basement walls, doors and electric are incomplete and/or nonfunctional.
4. The only source of water is a dug well.
5. Land on second parcel – right of way issue.
The Listers will do a site visit by 6/27/15.
David Christensen, representative for Gifford Medical Center, and as 2015 owner, grieved the assessed value of the Gifford Medical Center’s property:
1. Requested an explanation for valuation difference between realty and town appraisals.
2. Requested an explanation for valuation difference between town appraisal and sale price.
3. Informed Listers of radon issues (both air and water) that required installation of a mitigation system. The radon now measures at safe levels.
4. Pole barn is sinking because the support poles have no footings. Instability prevents Green Mountain Power from re-installing electric meter and activating the electrical system in barn.
5. Ice damage to retaining wall between the upper and lower driveways has left it in a state of serious disrepair.
The Listers will do a site visit by 6/27/15.
Leon Snow grieved the assessed value of two properties:
1. The land-only parcel is too wet for farm use or building a structure. Has not been perked for septic.
2. The parcel with his house on it has unusable land behind the house (ravine with stream), and the entire southern half of the parcel is wetland.
The Listers will do a site visit by 6/27/15.
Tom Malanchuk, representing Randolph Fish and Game, requested an explanation of how the assessed value was determined, and what the property tax would be now. Mr. Malanchuk was satisfied with the explanation provided by the Listers, and with the tax calculation computed by Teresa based on last year’s tax rate. No grievance. No site visit necessary.
Megan Miller presented issues regarding her newly acquired parcel via the subdivision of her mother’s property.
1. Ms Miller informed the Listers that the terrain of her land parcel has ledge that will make creating a building lot difficult. The Listers will make a site visit by 6/27/15.
2. Ms Miller requested an explanation for the valuation having increased so much from what it had been before subdivision occurred. The Listers explained that two of her acquired acres had to be assessed at the higher house-site value that is applied to every parcel in Brookfield.
The Listers will do a site visit by 6/27/15.
Marvin Williams grieved the assessed value of his parcel of land from which material was quarried for the construction of neighboring Interstate 89, and stated that no part of the parcel is suitable for use as a building site.
The Listers will do a site visit by 6/27/15.
6/27/15 note: All site visits have been done.
Respectfully submitted,
Phyllis Humez