ACBOR Supporting UVM Children’s Hospital

ACBOR members can make a HUGE difference in supporting the UVM Children’s Hospital during the 2018 Big Change Roundup!

The Big Change Roundup is the largest signature event for the UVM Children’s Hospital This event is an important fundraiser, but also brings the entire North Country together to help pediatric patients and their families. In 2017, the event collected and counted 2.35 tons of change. EVERY DIME makes a difference!

ACBOR member offices will each receive a jar to collect the spare change of anyone coming into their offices. The coins will be donated to the UVM Children’s Hospital to support special patient programs, life-saving equipment, education and research to find cures for childhood diseases. ACBOR’s goal for 2018 is to raise $1,000!

For more information about the Big Change Roundup, click here.

Changes to Vermont Property Transfer Tax Returns

During the legislative session, law was passed to create a “Clean Water Surcharge” on all property transfers. The revenue that will be generated by the surcharge will be deposited in the “Clean Water Fund” to help clean the bodies of water throughout the State of Vermont.

This charge is an increase of 0.2% on the value of property subject to the property transfer tax.  The current rate is 1.25% and combined with the surcharge, will now total 1.45%.  Some special rates do apply for some transfers and the information fact sheet attached will illustrate who the special rates will be applicable for. The surcharge is scheduled to sunset on 7/01/2018.

As of Wednesday, June 17th, all closings on or after this date, will have a total surcharge for the property transfer tax at a rate of 1.45%.

The Department of Taxes has issued a new updated property transfer tax return (Form PT-172) that includes the Clean Water Surcharge.

Click here for the information Fact Sheet.

Vermont Gas Systems Addison Natural Gas Project

On December 20, 2012, Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. filed a petition with the Public Service Board for approval to construct approximately 43 miles of new gas transmission pipeline along a specified route from Colchester to Middlebury. Vermont Gas Systems filed significant amendments to its petition on February 28, 2013, reflecting certain changes in the proposed route of the pipeline. Also included in the proposal are distribution mainlines that would connect the new transmission pipeline with locations in Vergennes and Middlebury, along with new pressure regulation stations in Williston and New Haven.  (For details of the specific routes and facilities, please see the amended petition.)  Vermont Gas Systems must obtain a “Certificate of Public Good” from the Public Service Board for the project in order to go forward. The case in which the Board will consider the company’s petition is Docket 7970.

Public Participation/Hearings

Significant Documents

Shoreland Permitting: What You Need to Know

Effective July 1, 2014, the Vermont Legislature passed the Shoreland Protection Act (Chapter 49A of Title 10, §1441 et seq.), which regulates shoreland development within 250 feet of a lake’s mean water level for all lakes greater than 10 acres in size. The intent of the Act is to prevent degradation of water quality in lakes, preserve habitat and natural stability of shorelines, and maintain the economic benefits of lakes and their shorelands. The Act seeks to balance good shoreland management and shoreland development.

The Vermont Watershed Management Division has developed important resources to help Vermonters understand their responsibilities in helping to protect the state’s shorelands. Please visit their resource page for important information such as which activities need a permit, application resources. shoreland registration, delegated municipal authority, lake encroachment and shoreland permitting event, and much more.

SHORELAND PERMITTING RESOURCES