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Board of Assessors Meeting

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 5:15 pm until 7:00 pm
Town Hall Office Meeting Space
A meeting of the Board of Assessors

Meeting of Board of Assessors

Members: (Quorum)

  • Present: Lee Whitcomb, Chair, at 5:15 PM
  • Present: Russell French, at 5:15 PM
  • Present: Roxanne Parent, at 5:15 PM

Also Present:

  • Laurie Lucier

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 5:27 PM

Meeting closed: 7:00 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. New mail and invoices

    • Invoices / Proposals - CAI quarterly invoice; R Bishop invoice for FY23 work / Price quotes from R. Bishop for FY24 and from SHI Tyler for FY23 software support.

      MOTION, moved by Lee Whitcomb, seconded by Russell French: to pay CAI and R Bishop; and to accept proposals from SHI and R. Bishop.

      Pass: Aye: Roxanne Parent, Russell French, Lee Whitcomb.

    • Mail / Email review

      General Discussion...
      Boston University offering free digitization services to municipalities. Town Administrator and Town Clerk are working on gathering more information about the process.

      Received two courtesy notices from insurance companies regarding storm damage to properties here in town.

  3. Recent sales, new listings, and new permits

    • - (1) RE sale; (3) RE transfers; (0) new listings; and (7) new permits

  4. Visits and values, new growth and any other data changes

    • - No recent site visits

  5. Motor Vehicle Excise Warrant

    • MVE Commitment No. 2

      MOTION, moved by Russell French, seconded by Roxanne Parent: to approve motor vehicle excise warrant #2 in the amount of $29,233.13.

      Pass: Aye: Roxanne Parent, Russell French, Lee Whitcomb.

  6. Motor Vehicle Excise Abatements

    • MVE Abatement Applications

      MOTION, moved by Lee Whitcomb, seconded by Russell French: to approve (1)CY22 MVE abatement.

      Pass: Aye: Roxanne Parent, Russell French, Lee Whitcomb.

      MOTION, moved by Lee Whitcomb, seconded by Roxanne Parent: to approve (11) farm vehicle excise abatements.

      Pass: Aye: Roxanne Parent, Russell French, Lee Whitcomb.

      MOTION, moved by Roxanne Parent, seconded by Russell French: to approve (4) additional MVE abatement applications.

      Pass: Aye: Roxanne Parent, Russell French, Lee Whitcomb.

  7. Abatement / Exemption Applications

    • Personal exemptions

      General Discussion...
      (2) applications still pending - further information needed

      MOTION, moved by Lee Whitcomb, seconded by Russell French: to deny (1) personal exemption application.

      Pass: Aye: Roxanne Parent, Russell French, Lee Whitcomb.

    • RE abatement applications

      MOTION, moved by Roxanne Parent, seconded by Russell French: to approve abatement application and make adjustments to G.R. property.

      Pass: Aye: Roxanne Parent, Russell French, Lee Whitcomb.

      MOTION, moved by Russell French, seconded by Roxanne Parent: to deny (1) abatement application.

      Pass: Aye: Roxanne Parent, Russell French, Lee Whitcomb.

  8. Conflict of interest topic

    • - Topic tabled until further responses from Town Counsel and State Ethics Department received

  9. Other business

    • Exempt property applications

      General Discussion...
      Received additional information from Historical Society. All is in order and exempt status will continue.

      MOTION, moved by Russell French, seconded by Roxanne Parent: to not offer extended period of filing for (1) property and return property to taxable status.

      Pass: Aye: Roxanne Parent, Russell French, Lee Whitcomb.

    • Business Tax Filings

      General Discussion...
      (1) ''Form of the List'' received and reviewed.

    • - The Board continues to consider changing to another valuation program. Lee has spoken with other towns who have recently made this switch or are in the process of switching. The Board has had one information zoom meeting with the new considered programs salesperson.

  10. Public comments

  11. Meeting Wrap-up

The listing of matters is those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

Minutes approved on Thursday, Apr 6, 2023

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