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SHELBURNE BOARD OF ASSESSORS
MEETING MINUTES
—April 27 , 2009

1. Called meeting to order @ 6:00PM. James Richardson & Marvin Peck present.

2. Reviewed the mail:

  • Shelburne Town Warrant for Annual Meeting May 5th @ 7:30 PM -- Article 22 is about Tax Exemption Clause 17D which excludes the total value of their property Exemption amount is $175 per property. We only have one elderly that currently qualifies for this exemption and the state reimbursement is 100% at present
  • Shelburne Fire District Annual meeting Tuesday April 28th @ 8:00 PM
  • DLS FY2010 Local Aid Estimates -- School transportation for Mohawk has been cut by 50% in the House Ways & Means Committee's proposed budget
  • DLS FY2010 Levy Limit Information -- Need to provide the state with information on how we derived values for the Wireless companies
  • Reviewed the resume of Charles Shea who was previously an assessor and has had experience with the CAMA system. He is now self-employed and is looking for Revaluation work
  • CSC Annual Business meeting May 6th in Sturbridge -- the assistant will not attend -- travel has been curtailed due to budgetary restraints

3. Jim Richardson reviewed and signed previous meeting minutes

4. Signed a bill from Acme Bookbinding Co. -- $119.95 (Binding of deeds for two years 2007 & 2008)

5. Signed Motor Vehicle Excise Commitments 2008 #9 ($96.25) 2009 #3 ($7,929.46)

6. Signed Motor Vehicle Excise abatement

7. 375 Main St. has been sold for $12,000 -- the house in poor condition -- cannot locate address of the buyer

8. Bolio sold the 69-73 Bridge St property for $75,000 to Kayfan Realty Co. Do not know the owners' names

9. The assessors reviewed the new valuations for properties that were visited two weeks ago and were approved as reasonable

10. The Farm Excise Referendum Question will be on the June 8th election ballot. We could not accurately estimate the amount of tax dollars that would be lost, if the tax was not collected, since we do not have current Forms of List for farms. The last year that Shelburne collected the farm excise was in 1992 and the total tax was approximately $5,640. It was noted that we have fewer farms now and the tax rate for farm excise is only $5.00 per thousand.

Jim Richardson mentioned that the newspaper article did not acknowledge Shelburne as one of the towns placing this referendum question on their ballot, even though he and the assistant initiated the proposal to create a local option to not collect the farm excise tax. After both Jim Richardson and the assistant contacted Representative Rosenberg's office last year, it was decided to add this local option to the Dairy Bill that was already being proposed in the legislature.

11. The assessors discussed meetings in May. The assistant needs to use some of his vacation time before June 30th. He will be off May 11, May 26, & May 27. The Assessors will meet on an as needed basis in May. The assistant will post the date if a meeting is necessary.
The Town Meeting is May 5 and the election is June 8.

12. Adjourned Meeting @ 6:30 PM

James T. Richardson
Marvin C. Peck