Feb 022020
 

WARNING — VERMONT PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY — MARCH 3, 2020
A statewide Presidential Primary will be held on TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020 to vote for candidates for the following offices:
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
The polls will open at a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m. The polling place(s) is/are located at:


Town (or City) Clerk
VERMONT NOTICE TO VOTERS AND VERMONT VOTER RIGHTS
EARLY or ABSENTEE BALLOTS: You can request early/absentee ballots at any time during the election year. The latest a ballot can be requested
in _ is
(Town) (date and time office closes prior to election)
You or a family member can request early ballots in person, in writing, by telephone, or on your My Voter Page at mvp.sec.state.vt.us. An authorized person can request ballots for you in person or in writing.
CHECKLIST: posted at town clerk’s office by Sunday, February 2, 2020. If your name is not on it, then you must register to vote.
SAMPLE BALLOTS POSTED: Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
REGISTER TO VOTE: There is no deadline to register to vote. You will be able to register to vote on the day of the election. Please register early by visiting the town clerk’s office or going online to olvr.sec.state.vt.us.
Methods of voting early/absentee in the 45 days before the election (ballots available by January 17, 2020):

  1. Vote in the town clerk’s office prior to the election.
  2. Voter may take the ballots out of the clerk’s office and return in the same manner as if the ballots were received by mail.
  3. Have ballot mailed to you and return it to clerk’s office before Election Day or to the polling place before 7 p.m. on Election Day.
  4. If you are in the military, live overseas, or are ill or disabled you may receive your ballot electronically and utilize our accessible online ballot marking tool, but you must print your ballot and return it by mail.
  5. If you are ill or disabled, you may ask the town clerk, on or before the deadline to request an absentee ballot, to have two justices of the peace bring a ballot to you at your home on any day preceding the day of the election (once ballots are prepared) or the day of election.
    Identification Required for First Time Registrants by Mail: If you are registering individually for the first time by mail or online, you must provide a copy of identification along with your registration: current valid photo I.D., or a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing your name and current address. If you do not provide I.D. or other documentation with your registration and do not have it when you come to the polls, you will be offered a provisional ballot.
    CASTING A PROVISIONAL BALLOT: If you accept the offer to vote a provisional ballot, you must complete a sworn affidavit on the provisional ballot envelope swearing that you are qualified to vote in Vermont and in the polling place where you are, and that you submitted an application to register to vote before the deadline. You will be given a card explaining how you can find out if your ballot was counted one week after the election by calling the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-439-8683.
    If your name was dropped from the checklist in error or has not been added even though you submitted an application: Explain the situation to your town clerk or presiding officer and ask that your name be added to the checklist. The town clerk or presiding officer will investigate the situation and then either have you complete a registration form and then add your name to the checklist or explain why you cannot be added.
    If the town clerk or presiding officer and BCA members present cannot determine that you are entitled to be added to the checklist on Election Day, you may appeal to a superior court judge, who will give you a decision on Election Day OR you may vote a provisional ballot.
    Any voter who wants assistance for any reason may bring the person of their choice into the voting booth to help or may ask for assistance from two election officials.
    Voters who cannot get from the car into the polling place may have a ballot brought to a car outside the polls by two election officials.
    Any U. S. citizen and resident of a Vermont town or city who submitted an application to register to vote on or before election day is entitled to vote regardless of race or physical ability.
    THE LAW PROHIBITS THE FOLLOWING DO NOT:
    • Vote more than once per election, either in the same town or in different towns.
    • Mislead the board of civil authority about your own or another person’s eligibility to vote.
    • Socialize in a manner that will disturb other voters.
    • Offer a bribe, threaten, or intimidate a person to vote for a candidate.
    • Hinder or interfere with the progress of a voter going into or out of a polling place. Vermont law provides that a person cannot campaign within a polling place but does NOT specify any number of feet that campaigners need to be away from the polls outside. The presiding officer will set reasonable rules for where campaigners can stand.
    The Election Officials at the polling place are here to serve you.
    If you have any questions, or need assistance while voting, ask your town clerk or any election official for help.
    If you do not understand something, or you believe a mistake has been made that has not been corrected, or you have a question that cannot be answered to your satisfaction at the polling place:
    Call the Elections Division, Office of the Secretary of State
    1-800-439-VOTE (439-8683)
    (Accessible by TDD)
    If you believe that any of your voting rights have been violated, you may call the Elections Division at 800-439-8683 or (802) 828-2363. You may also file an Administrative Complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office, 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1101.
    If you believe you have witnessed efforts to commit any kind of fraud or corruption in the voting process, you may report this to your local United States Attorney’s Office, the County State’s Attorney or the Vermont Attorney General.
    If you have witnessed actual or attempted acts of discrimination or intimidation in the voting process, you may report this to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931.
    VOTING PROCESS INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTERS
    • Go to the entrance checklist table, give your name, and if asked, your street address to the election official in a loud voice.
    • Wait until your name is repeated and checked off by the official.
    • If you want to use the accessible voting system tell the entrance checklist official at this time. An election official will take you to the accessible ballot marking device, enter a security code, and then leave you to mark and print your ballot privately. More details about our new accessible ballot marking device are available on our website at http://www.sec.state.vt.us. Click on Elections>Voters>Accessibility.
    • You must ask for a major party ballot (Democratic or Republican). This is required by Vermont law for the Presidential Primary. (17 V.S.A. §2704.)
    • Take the ballot from the election official and enter a voting booth. Once inside the voting booth, mark your ballot for each race.
    • To vote for a candidate, fill in the oval to the right of the name of the candidate. Do not vote for more candidates than the “Vote for not more than #” for each office. If you vote for more than the “Vote for not more than #,” your vote will not count for that race.
    • WRITE-IN candidate(s). To vote for someone whose name is not
    printed on the ballot, use the blank “write-in” line on the ballot and either write in the name or paste on a sticker, then fill in the oval.
    • If you make a mistake or change your mind, DO NOT try to erase. Return your ballot and ASK an election official for a new ballot. If you make a mistake again, you may ask for another ballot. Each voter may have up to 3 ballots.
    • To cast your voted ballot: either insert your voted ballot into the tabulator machine, or in a hand count town, insert it into the ballot box.
    • Go to the exit checklist table, if any, and state your name. Wait until your name is repeated and checked off by the official.
    • Leave the voting area immediately by passing outside the guardrail.
    All voters who are in line at the polling place at 7p.m. will be permitted to vote. No voter can enter the polling place to vote after 7p.m.
Feb 022020
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
ANNUAL MEETING

        WARNING

The legal voters of Brookfield
are hereby warned to meet for the annual Town Meeting at the Brookfield
Elementary School auditorium at 1725 Ridge Road, Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at
10:00 A.M. to transact the following business:

Article:

To
elect all officers as required by law for the ensuing year by Australian
ballot. For this purpose, the polls will be open from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.To
hear and act on reports of the Town Officers.To
see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to borrow money in anticipation
of revenues.To
see if the Town will vote to have all taxes paid into the Treasury as provided
by law in two installments, and if so, to set the dates.To
see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to engage the firm of Vermont
Appraisal Company to complete a Town-wide reappraisal of all properties within
the Town. The cost for which shall not exceed $81,000; the funds for which are
already in place.To
see if the Town will vote to contribute $300.00 to the Randolph Area Mentoring
Program (RAMP), a community-based mentoring program serving the communities of
Brookfield, Braintree, and Randolph.To
see if the Town will vote to contribute $250.00 to the Vermont Family Network,
to provide services for families of children with special needs.To
approve a 12 month budget for the financial year of July 1, 2020 to June 30,
2021 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town General Fund and to
authorize the Selectboard to set a tax rate sufficient to provide the same.To
see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to approve the construction of a
new Town Garage building (or another option as presented and discussed at Town
Meeting). The cost not to exceed $1,075,000, to be financed over a 25 to 30 year
period.

10. To see if the Town will
authorize the Selectboard to enter into a lease/purchase Agreement to replace
the Town Highway Department Loader. The cost, allowing for the trade-in value
for the current Loader, not to exceed $140,000 (plus finance charges), to be
paid for over a 7-year period.

11. To approve a 12 month budget
for the financial year of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 to meet the expenses
and liabilities of the Town Highway Fund and to authorize the Selectboard to
set a tax rate sufficient to provide the same.

12. To see if the Town will vote
to have 5 members on the Selectboard by floor vote at Town Meeting. (17 VSA
Sec. 2650(b)(1))

13. To transact any other proper
business.

Dated at Brookfield, Vermont, this 30th day of January
2020.

Attest: Teresa Godfrey, Town
Clerk: _______________________________

There will be an informational
meeting about the Town Budget on Monday evening, February 24, 2020 at 6:30 P.M.
at the Town Clerk’s Office

Dec 122019
 

Town
of Brookfield

P. O.
Box 463

Brookfield,
VT 05036

Phone:
802-276-3352

NOTICE OF
BOARD OF ABATEMENT HEARING

Pursuant
to the provisions of 24 V.S.A. §1535 notice is hereby given that the Board of Abatement,
within and for the Town of Brookfield, will meet on the 16th day of December,
2019 at 6:00 o’clock in the evening, at the Town Office in Brookfield.

                                                             
Board of Abatement

                                                            
By Teresa Godfrey      Date
_11/26/2019__

                                                                    
Chair/Clerk

Copy:
Three Public Places

           Board Members

           Appellants

Constance
Karalekas                                                        6:00 p.m.  
December 16, 2019

Joanna
Doerfer for Jane Doerfer’s Estate                         6:30 p.m.   December 16, 2019

                Appellant                                                            Time                      Date

* 24 V.S.A. §1535 states: the board may abate in whole or part taxes, interest,
or collection fees accruing to the town in the following cases:

(1) Taxes of persons who have died insolvent;

(2) Taxes of persons who have removed from the state;

(3) Taxes of persons who are unable to pay their
taxes, interest, and collection fees;

(4) Taxes in which there is manifest error or a
mistake of the Listers;

(5) Taxes upon real or personal property lost or destroyed
during the tax year;

(6) the exemption amount available under 32 V.S.A. §
3802(11) to persons otherwise eligible for exemption who file a claim on or
after May 1 but before October 1 due to the claimant’s sickness or disability
or other good cause as determined by the board of abatement; but that exemption
amount shall be reduced by 20 percent of the total exemption for each month or
portion of a month the claim is late filed.

(7), (8) [Repealed.]

(9) taxes upon a mobile home moved from the town
during the tax year as a result of a change in use of the mobile home park land
or parts thereof, or closure of the mobile home park in which the mobile home
was sited, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 6237.

Nov 142019
 

Town
of Brookfield

P. O.
Box 463

Brookfield,
VT 05036

Phone:
802-276-3352

NOTICE OF
BOARD OF ABATEMENT HEARING

Pursuant
to the provisions of 24 V.S.A. §1535 notice is hereby given that the Board of Abatement,
within and for the Town of Brookfield, will meet on the 18th day of November,
2019 at 6:00 o’clock in the evening, at the Town Office in Brookfield.

                                                             
Board of Abatement

                                                            
By Teresa Godfrey      Date
_11/6/2019__

                                                                    
Chair/Clerk

Copy:
Three Public Places

           Board Members

           Appellants

Joanna
Doerfer for Jane Doerfer’s Estate                        6:00 p.m.  
November 18, 2019

Constance
Karalekas                                                       
6:30 p.m.   November 18, 2019

                Appellant                                                            Time                      Date

* 24 V.S.A. §1535 states: the board may abate in whole or part taxes, interest,
or collection fees accruing to the town in the following cases:

(1) Taxes of persons who have died insolvent;

(2) Taxes of persons who have removed from the state;

(3) Taxes of persons who are unable to pay their
taxes, interest, and collection fees;

(4) Taxes in which there is manifest error or a
mistake of the Listers;

(5) Taxes upon real or personal property lost or destroyed
during the tax year;

(6) the exemption amount available under 32 V.S.A. §
3802(11) to persons otherwise eligible for exemption who file a claim on or
after May 1 but before October 1 due to the claimant’s sickness or disability
or other good cause as determined by the board of abatement; but that exemption
amount shall be reduced by 20 percent of the total exemption for each month or
portion of a month the claim is late filed.

(7), (8) [Repealed.]

(9) taxes upon a mobile home moved from the town
during the tax year as a result of a change in use of the mobile home park land
or parts thereof, or closure of the mobile home park in which the mobile home
was sited, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 6237.

Jul 252018
 

BCA Hearing
Brookfield Town Office
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Subject property: 932 East Hill Road, Brookfield, VT
Attendees:
BCA members: Robert “Jake” Stewart, Beth DeForge, Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel, Bonnie Fallon
Listers: Phyllis Humez, Stuart Edson
Appellants: Allison Belisle, David VonHolden
Town Clerk: Teresa Godfrey
The meeting opened with the Town Clerk swearing in the BCA members, Listers, and Appellants.
The Board appointed Jeff Kimmel as Chair of the Board.
Teresa Godfrey recused herself from presenting testimony due to also being a Lister.
Mr. Kimmel explained the process of the BCA hearing.
He then asked the Listers to present their documents and testimony.
The following documents were presented by Stuart Edson and numbered as Lister 1, 2, etc.:

Cost sheet dated 11/16/2017
Cost sheet dated 06/19/2018
Letter to Brookfield Listers from the Appellants dated 6/7/2018
Property tax assessment review dated 3/2018 from Appellants
Result of grievance day appeal dated 6/27/2018
Special circumstances codes for non-valid sales dated 7/28/2016
Cost sheet comparable Parcel ID 01-016.000 1138 East Hill Road, Brookfield
Cost sheet comparable Parcel ID 03-039.000 320 Cross Brook Lane Ext., Brookfield
MLS cost sheet for 482 Royalton Hill Road, Bethel sold 12/1/2016

Mr. Edson explained the process the Listers had taken since the property was purchased on October 25, 2017. He explained the above documents and the result of the grievance.  The final result being the property value went from $955,900 down to $578,000.  The Appellants were not satisfied with the result and requested a BCA hearing.
Mr. Kimmel asked the Appellants to present their documents and testimony.
The following documents were presented by Allison Belisle and numbered as App. I, II, etc

Letter to Board of Civil Authority dated 7/2018
Email printout from Terry Owen (auctioneer) dated 7/10/2018
Page 4 & 5 of Attorneys Report and Opinion on Title (number App. III-A) Email printout complete Attorneys Report and Opinion on Title (numbered App. III-B) submitted with permission of Board and Listers on 7/19/2018.
Sale & Purchase agreement dated 10/12/2017
Home Details printout dated 6/27/2018

Ms. Belisle stated they maintain the value of their home at $415,000 and the auction was properly advertised and warned. They consider this an “arms-length transaction” and this was not a bankruptcy auction.  She presented an email from Terry Owen with the final listings and auction.  The property was on the market to sell for 2 years at $675,000 and there was no sale.  Only one offer of $400,000 was not accepted.  Ms. Belisle said the former Mayor of Barre stopped bidding at $410,000.  There were no banks involved.  All liens were from family.  There was no transfer of ownership.
Mr. Kimmel requested the full Attorneys report to be submitted to the Board via email the following day. (This was done through the Town Clerk’s email and sent to all involved.  Numbered as App. III-B above).
Ms. DeForge asked what the definition of “arms-length transaction”.
Ms. Belisle answered with it being an agreement between 2 parties making it a “fair market value” transaction.
Mr. Edson wanted to inform all that when the annual sales study is done by the State, they do not consider an auction a valid sale. The State will not consider this sale as valid per our District Advisor.
Mr. Kimmel said that without documentation for this, we won’t consider this for this hearing.
Mr. Edson conceded that the sales study has not been done for this property. The Listers presented a listing numbered #6 as a document supporting his statement of non-valid sales.
Ms. DeForge asked the Listers if the items on Listers #4 and not checked were addressed in the revaluation. Mr. Edson said yes.
Ms. DeForge asked the Appellants if during the 2 hour open house, if they attended. They said yes and twice before.  They made their own determination of what they would pay as a high end.
Ms. Fallon asked why they bought the home when they had all these concerns. Ms. Belisle said it was worth what they paid.
Mr. Haggett asked what they meant about “creative selling”. Mr. VonHolden said that Mr. Lacerte put the property into a LLC to declare bankruptcy with it protecting his other properties.
When asked who the attorney was for the sale, Ms. Belisle replied with Ray O’Buchowski.
Mr. Haggett asked if they had an appraisal done and Ms. Belisle replied that they didn’t see a reason to at this point.
Mr. Kimmel asked if either side had any comparables for recent sales. The Listers presented 3 different ones. The Appellants did not have any.
Mr. Haggett asked if there were mortgages totaling $540,000 why they didn’t consider this a distressed sale. Mr. VonHolden said the mortgages were with Mr. Lacerte’s family members and so the Appellants did not feel this would make is a distressed sale.
Mr. Haggett said the Board of Abatement did abate some of his taxes for financial trouble and it is now public record. Mr. VonHolden felt it was an assumption.
Mr. Haggett questioned the difference between housesite and homestead. At the Town Clerks suggestion, Mr. Edson explained the breakdown of the cost sheet and what the different depreciations meant.
Mr. Kimmel asked if there was any rebuttals from the Listers.
Mr. VonHolden stated they would like to reach common ground and Mr. Edson asked if they felt the Listers were not looking for a common ground. Ms. Belisle said the first pass, not really but the 2nd pass it was closer.
Mr. Kimmel asked for at least 3 volunteers for the house inspection. Ms. Fallon, Ms. DeForge, and Mr. Haggett volunteered.
July 21st at 9:00 a.m. is the set date and time for them to see the house.
Mr. Kimmel set the follow-up hearing with a report back from the inspection for August 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Brookfield Town Office.
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett the meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 

Feb 062018
 

 
 
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD ANNUAL MEETING
 
WARNING
 
The legal voters of Brookfield are hereby warned to meet for the annual Town Meeting at the Brookfield Elementary School auditorium at 1725 Ridge Road, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. to transact the following business:
Article:

To elect all officers as required by law for the ensuing year by Australian ballot. For this purpose, the polls will be open from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
To hear and act on reports of the Town Officers.
To see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to borrow money in anticipation of revenues.
To see if the Town will vote to have all taxes paid into the Treasury as provided by law in two installments, and if so, to set the dates.
To see if the Town will vote to contribute five hundred ($500) to Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE)
To approve a 12 month budget for the financial year of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town General Fund and to authorize the Selectboard to set a tax rate sufficient to provide the same.
To see if the Town will vote to approve purchase of a new Highway Department truck for up to $198,000, to be financed and paid for over a term of up to three (3) years.
To approve a 12 month budget for the financial year of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town Highway Fund and to authorize the Selectboard to set a tax rate sufficient to provide the same.
To transact any other proper business.

 
Dated at Brookfield, Vermont, this 29th day of January 2018.
 
Attest: Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk
 
There will be an informational meeting about the Town Budget on Monday evening, February 26, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. at the Town Clerk’s Office