Public comment solicited on draft property tax exemption legislation

News Release — General Assembly
December 6, 2013

Gabrielle Malina

Public Comment Solicited on Draft Property Tax Exemption Legislation at meeting to be held on December 16th

Montpelier, Vermont – The special interim Property Tax Exemption Study Committee has draft legislation that would make statutory changes to property tax exemptions for certain nonprofits. The hearing will be held in the State House on Monday, December 16th at 1:00 pm in Room 11.

These changes are intended to clarify the tax exempt treatment of public, pious and charitable properties and include:

Eligibility for a charitable or public exemption determined at the state level by the Tax Department’s Division of Property Valuation and Review

Clarification of nature of exemptions for municipally-owned property

Revision of the exemption for hospital property

Mandatory municipal service fee agreements between colleges and universities and their host cities in towns

Annual certification of fraternal organizations of the value of charitable work in return for the property tax exemption

Additional municipal control over the local tax exemption status of charitable and public property

This is draft legislation that will be subsequently voted on by the Committee. A copy of the draft legislation is available online at

Written testimony is accepted to accommodate those who cannot attend the hearing.


  1. It is time to stop exempting/favoring any Vermont property owner from taxation.



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