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/

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.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE from the PFOA Class Action Legal Team

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Bennington PFOA Class Action — Lex Recovery Group — BEWARE OF UNNECESSARY CHARGES!

Dear Residents of Bennington County:

We understand you may have been contacted by LEX Recovery Group, offering to assist you in filing a claim for compensation in the settlement of Sullivan v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. While you may or may not be eligible to share in the settlement, please read the important information below.

Important information:

  • LEX Recovery Group is not a law firm — it is a business group from outside Vermont. It is not affiliated in any way with Class Counsel, the team of attorneys appointed by the Vermont Federal Court to represent all eligible class members in the Sullivan law suit. LEX Recovery Group is not authorized by the Court to assist with the filing of claims.
  • LEX Recovery Group is offering to help you file a claim to share in the Sullivan law suit settlement, AND will charge 25% of your recovery to assist you! HOWEVER, you do not need the help of LEX Recovery Group to file a claim.
  • You can file a claim without paying 25% — by filing on line at www.benningtonvtclassaction.com. Or, if you need help filing your claim, you can call Class Counsel David Silver’s office, at 802-442-6341. Class Counsel will help you, and will not charge you a portion of your potential recovery.
  • If you are an eligible class member entitled to participate in the Sullivan settlement, the DEADLINE for filing a claim form is MONDAY, August 22, 2022. If you do not file a claim form by this deadline, you will forever be prevented from participating in the settlement. If you need assistance, please go to the website, www.benningtonvtclassaction.com, or call Class Counsel David Silver’s office – 802-442-6341.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Emily J. Joselson, Esq.
Langrock, Sperry & Wool

111 South Pleasant Street
PO Drawer 351
Middlebury, VT 05753-0351

Office Phone: 802.388.6356
Direct Phone: 802.989.7829
Cell Phone: 802.363.3798
Facsimile: 802.388.6149
ejoselson@langrock.com
www.langrock.com

Primary Election Results

To view the local results of the August 9 primary election, CLICK HERE.

Share Your Thoughts – Survey on Substance Use in Bennington

The Alliance For Community Transformations Would Like Your Input!

Adults, share your thoughts on youth substance use in Bennington! Your feedback informs our work to address this issue for the health and well-being of our community. Take the survey here: https://forms.gle/vnHvL7m4TFaw1WxW8

As a thank you for completing the survey, you can enter to win a four-pack of tickets to Bennington Cinemas!

Vermont Housing Assistance Program

WHAT IS THE HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HAP)?
Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) is accepting applications from homeownerswho are behind on their housing expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HAP is funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Applications will be accepted over a multi-year period.

WHAT EXPENSES CAN HAP COVER?
The program can cover missed payments on mortgages, utilities (water/sewer,electricity, home heating), property taxes, and homeowner or condominium association fees.

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program

DOWNLOAD THE FACT SHEET CLICK HERE

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?*
• Meet income eligibility requirements.
• Own a home in Vermont and live in it as your primary residence.
• Experienced a financial hardship associated with the coronavirus pandemic afterJanuary 21, 2020.
*Other eligibility requirements may apply. Visit vermonthap.vhfa.org for more details.

Absentee Ballots Available Now – Vote August 9th

Vote in the Primary Election! Absentee Ballots for the Primary for the Mid-Term Elections are available now.

You can request an absentee ballot from the town clerk by calling 802-442-1043, emailing townclerk@benningtonvt.org, or stopping by the Town Offices at 205 South Street. Once completed, you can return the ballot using the ballot box located outside the front entrance to the Town Offices. The drop box is open now until 4:30 pm on August 8.

For Bennington residents, In-person voting will be at the Firehouse located at 130 River Street. For North Bennington residents, in-person voting will be at the Village Trustees meeting room located in the Old Train Depot at 2 Depot Street. If you wish to return an absentee ballot on election day, you must bring it to your polling/voting location.

What voting district you are in may have changed. To view the current district map and to view sample ballots, please visit https://benningtonvt.org/departments/town-clerk/elections/

When you vote in person, you will be given all three ballots (for each of the parties) and you will choose one to fill out in the privacy of the voting booth.

Bennington 4th of July Celebrations

Re-enactor Michael Chapman reads the Declaration of Independence, and Patricia Leon Johnson stands by to ring the USS Bennington Bell as the honorary bell ringer on behalf of the SVMC.

Bennington Fourth of July Celebration Plans

All are invited to celebrate Independence Day with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a car parade, a bell ringing ceremony, and fireworks.

A dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence starts the July 4th events at noon at the Bennington Battle Monument. The reading features living historians Michael and Phyllis Chapman and concludes at about 1 pm with a car parade for all attendees from the Monument to the parking area behind the Town Offices at 205 South Street.

Those driving are encouraged to decorate their vehicles if they wish. A police escort will lead the group to the next event, the ringing of the main bell from the ship USS Bennington which is located in front of the town offices.

The car parade will include The Veterans of Foreign Wars Riders (president Joe Bison) and American Legion Riders (president Dan Lyle); both groups are local charitable organizations and are officially sanctioned by their parent organizations. We appreciate their service!

Nationwide bell ringing on July 4th was instituted by Congress in 1963 to commemorate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, after which bells rang throughout that city.

This tradition is upheld annually by the Bennington Rotary Club. During the ceremony, 13 Rotarians will ring the USS Bennington’s bell to honor each of the 13 original colonies. Since Vermont is the 14th State to be admitted to the Union, that place is held for a “Fourteenth Bell-Ringer.”
This honorary role is reserved for a person or organization that has made a significant difference in making our community a better place to live. The Bennington Historical Society is being honored this year, and the bell will be rung by Joe Hall on behalf of the Society.

The bell ringing will begin at approximately 1:30 pm once the group from the Battle Monument arrives. After the ceremony, attendees can ring the ship’s bell themselves.

A fireworks display will be located at Willow Park off of East Road. The fireworks start at dark, approximately 9:30 pm. The rain date is Saturday July 9. The event starts at 5:00 pm with a performance by the Crossover Cloggers. There will be music by Buddy Madison from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. Food is available for purchase (hotdogs, burgers, fried dough, soda), a “Bohemian Roots” vendor with dresses, hats, dreamcatchers, etc., and a lemonade stand will also be on site as well as a vendor selling nuts and fudge. Alcohol is not allowed. Additional parking is available at the Mt. Anthony Union Middle School on East Road.

The photo shows last year’s reading of the Declaration of Independence by Michael Chapman, and Patricia Noel Johnson standing by to ring the USS Bennington bell as the honorary 14th bell ringer on behalf of the SVMC.

Ben-Hi Redevelopment Project – Request for Proposals

Town of Bennington
Old Benn High Re-Development Project

Request for Proposals for Construction Management Services as Constructor
May 26, 2022

Project Overview
The Town of Bennington (Town or Owner) intends to rehab and retrofit 30,000 square feet of space within the 100,000 sq. ft. former Bennington High School Building at 650 Main Street in Bennington, Vermont into a gymnasium, locker rooms, auditorium, senior center facility, offices for non-profits, commercial kitchen and dining room and offices for Meals on Wheels, workshops, and other municipal uses. A phased design and construction approach is anticipated where Phase I consists of the Senior Center area; Meals on Wheels Commercial Kitchen; Meals on Wheels Dining Area; public restrooms; and all supporting office areas for the Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. Phase I construction must be completed no later than June 30, 2023. Phase II consists of the remainder of the 30,000 sq. ft. to be re-developed by the Town. Shires Housing plans to develop approximately 40 senior, affordable, and/or market-rate multi-family housing units in the balance of the space in the building (approximately 70,000 sq. ft.). The Town and Shires Housing have separately engaged the services of Goldstone Architecture to perform feasibility, design, and construction administration services for their respective portions of the former Bennington High School redevelopment project.

The Town is seeking Construction Management Services for the project described above. The Construction Manager (CM) will become a member of the project team including the Owner, the Owner’s Architect, Engineers, and other consultants. Preconstruction services are expected to commence immediately upon award of contract. In submitting proposals, please address all the items and include any relevant information regarding your firm and the proposal.

DOWNLOAD THE RFP

DOWNLOAD THE ATTACHMENTS 

PLEASE NOTE:

Addendum #1 for the Town of Bennington Construction Management Services RFP – Old Benn High Redevelopment.

Changes are annotated in Red Font and are in Project Overview Section; CM Selection Schedule Section; General Information and Construction Management Proposal Submission Section.

The proposal submittal deadline has been changed to Friday June 17, 2022 at 3:00 PM to provide additional preparation time due to the Addendum Changes.

DOWNLOAD ADDENDUM #1

 

Select Board – NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING – TIF District Substantial Change

TOWN OF BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TIF DISTRICT SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE

The Bennington Select Board will conduct a Public Hearing on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at the Town of Bennington Fire Facility, Third Floor, 130 River Street, Bennington, Vermont, to consider an update to the Town of Bennington TIF District plan including an extension of the deadline to incur bonded indebtedness to fund improvements within the TIF District (a substantial change by TIF Rule).  This hearing is held in accordance with TIF Rule 1003.1 and 1003.2.1. Additional Information may be obtained from the Bennington Planning Department, Bennington Town Office, 205 South Street, in Bennington, Vermont, 802-442-1037

–Jeannie Jenkins, Chairperson, Town of Bennington Select Board

MATERIALS
District Plan Summary
TIF Substantial Change Financial Workbook
Bennington TIF District Map