Brattleboro, Vermont

Annual Duties of the Office of Assessment

Grand List Maintenance

The list of all properties in Town and their assessments is referred to as the Grand List. The primary duty of the Office of Assessment Office is to maintain this list as accurately and equitably as possible. The valuation [listing] year runs from April 1 to the following March 31. Thus, for any given year, the owner and condition of a property should be as of April 1.

If your property is destroyed or seriously damaged at any point during the course of the tax year, please let us know. You may request an abatement of your taxes for the remainder of the tax year. Details of this process are available through the Town Clerk's Office.  

Statutory Requirements

 Most activities and dates are mandated by State Statute as follows:

  • April 1 - All taxable real property in town is assessed [listed] at fair market value  as required by the state effective on this date.

  • April 15 - Last day to file the HS-122 Homestead Declaration form, which entitles you to be taxed at the Homestead School Tax Rate, without a late penalty. This form can be completed on-line at

  • May-June - The values for the tax year are finalized by the Town Assessor and the Abstract of the Grand List is lodged. At this time notices are mailed to all taxpayers who have had changes in their assessed values. Within 14 days, any taxpayer who wants to grieve (appeal) an assessment must contact the Office of Assessment to set up an appointment. Grievances are not limited to only those taxpayers with assessment changes. Any taxpayer may grieve in any year. If you wish to be notified of the grievance time period, you may call our office in advance and request notification.     

  • June/July - Grievance appeals begin 14 days after change notices are mailed. These appeals are heard by the Board of Listers, with either the Town Assessor or Assistant Assessor in attendance.

  • July - By July 1st the lodged version of the Grand List is filed and used by the Selectboard to set the annual tax rate. Tax bills are mailed to property owners as of April 1. The installments are due in August, November, February and May. Only one bill is mailed, with four stubs, one for each payment.

  • September - Deadline for submitting applications to the Land Use Program