Taxes Due November 10, 2022

Taxes are due by November 10, 2022, at 4:30 pm. Pay in person, by mail, using our secure drop box, or online.

Taxes are due November 10… here are some helpful tips!

By now you should have received your tax bill in the mail. If you have received a bill for a property you no longer own… please forward it to the new owner or let us know at the town office. If you have not received your bill, you can stop by or call the town office at 802-442-1037 and ask for the collections office. You can find more information on the town’s website at: https://benningtonvt.org/departments/collections/.

 

HOMESTEAD DECLARATION (Form HS-122)

Every property in Vermont is subject to education property taxes to pay for the state’s schools. Homeowners can file a HOMESTEAD DECLARATION which will reduce the tax on their homestead in Bennington and the parcel of land surrounding the dwelling, that is owned and occupied by the resident as the persons domicile. THIS MUST BE FILED EVERY YEAR in order to be eligible. The deadline for filing this without a penalty is in April. The penalty for late filing is 3%. YOU MUST file by October 17, 2022 in order to be eligible.

 

PROPERTY TAX ADJUSTMENT CLAIM (Form HI-144)

If you have a Homestead Declaration and you lived there for the entire year, have a household income of $136,900 or less, and were not claimed as a dependent by someone else then you are eligible for an adjustment to the amount of taxes you pay. This also has a deadline of April, but can be filed as late as October 17, 2022 with a penalty.

Questions regarding State Payments or Homestead Declaration should be directed to the State of Vermont.Property Tax Assistance – (Education Payment, Rebate, Homestead Declaration) Tel: 1-866-828-2865 (toll free in VT) or 802-828-2865 (local & out-of-state) Fax: 802-828-2720. The State Web site is https://tax.vermont.gov/

Town Pool Upgrade

Major overhaul of the town pool drain system replaces the original cast iron drain pipes that were badly degraded.

New floor drains replace the older wall drains. Repairs to the pool are expected to take about a month.

A major overhaul at Rec Center pool — just in time!

Timing is everything. The Town is working with the Carpenter Group and a number of local sub contractors to do a major overhaul of the drain system for the Town pool. And the timing could not be better… as feared, the existing drains were just about ready to fail, so making this fix now prevented what could have been catastrophic if left unattended.

Planning for redoing the drains has been in the works for a while and the end cost will be about $65,000. “The old wall drains were made of cast iron and really starting to degrade” says Mark Sawyer, Assistant Director of Facilities. “Moving the drains to the floor instead of the wall will be much safer and better for avoiding structural problems in the future.”

It’s a big job… removing old drains, concrete cutting through the floor and walls to the filter room, new drains and piping, then pressure testing, new concrete, re-tiling, and finally a special acid wash of everything in preparation of refilling the pool. The total time for completing the work is estimated to be about a month.

Willow Park Update

Work on the Willow Park Playgrounds continues!

The new fitness stations are installed, the pathways sub-base is installed on the lower playground, and the precast concrete curbing installation has started which will probably take the remainder of the week to complete.

Once the curbing is in place, then the “poured-in-place” rubber pathways will occur, followed by wood chip installation!
Barring weather issues, we are probably looking at a minimum of 2-3 weeks of work remaining.

New Electric Mower

New electric mower in use!

The town is now actively using its new electric Green Machine “Rival” mower around Bennington. This is part of the overall effort to both reduce the carbon footprint of the community and save money on fuel and maintenance at the same time.

The town is responsible for mowing a lot of lawns. “This seems to do really well in terms of battery use” notes Chris, who works on the Buildings and Grounds team. “I’ve already done the entire Epstein field and I’m still at 92%.”

One possible issue is how well it can handle thick, wet, grass. “We did have an issue with grass clumping up inside” notes Mark Sawyer, assistant director of Buildings and Grounds, “though we are not sure if it was due to it being a rear-discharge style mower versus a side discharge like the gas powered mowers.”

November Election Ballots Will Be Mailed

November Election Ballots Will Be Mailed

Early Absentee ballots will be automatically mailed to all active voters on the checklist for this November’s General Election. The mailing is completed by the Vermont Secretary of State usually later in September.

You do not need to call beforehand to be mailed the ballot. If you have not received your ballot by mid October, you can call the Town Clerk to request one.

Free Covid Test Kits – Pickup September 9

The Town of Bennington is partnering with the Vermont Department of Health to make available free Covid-19 test kits for Vermonters.

The antigen test kits were offered to municipalities, libraries, and food shelves as a way to ensure that as many kits are distributed as widely as possible. The Town is happy to be a partner in this effort.

The kits will be given away on a first come, first served basis, on Friday, September 9, from 7:00 am to 8:30 am, and again on that same day at 3:30 pm to 5 pm., while supplies last.

The location is the parking lot behind the Fire Station at 130 River Street in Bennington.

IMPORTANT EXPIRATION NOTE: The antigen test kits being given out are manufactured by AccessBio, lot number CP21L68. These kits may have a printed expiration date of April, 2022 on the box HOWEVER that expiration date has been extended THROUGH OCTOBER 2022. A copy of the letter from the manufacturer specifying that important change is available by CLICKING HERE.

 

Town Offices Closed Sept. 5 for Labor Day

The Bennington Town Offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022, in observance of Labor Day.

We will reopen on Tuesday, September 6, at 7:30 am.

Bids Requested – County Street Sewer Upgrades

The town of Bennington is requesting bids for the construction of County Street Sewer Upgrades.

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Garlic Town USA – September 3

The Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce is doing the annual Garlic Town USA in downtown Bennington again this year. For more information, visit their website by clicking here.

 

 

Community Policing Advisory Review Board – CPARB – Meeting August 25

There will be a meeting of the Community Policing Advisory Review Board on August 25, at 5:00 pm, at the Multipurpose room at the Firehouse located at 130 River Street in Bennington.

For details about CPARB and the agenda for the meeting, visit the CPARB page by CLICKING HERE.