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Homestead Declaration Reminder

Williston residents are reminded to file their Homestead Declaration (Form HS-122) by the April 18 deadline.  It can be filed with the Vermont Income Tax Return or electronically at any time.  For property tax purposes, a property is considered “nonresidential” until it is claimed as the owner’s “homestead”.  A property owner must file a homestead declaration if the owner owns and occupies the property as his or her primary residence and is domiciled in Vermont. Owners of homestead property acquired as of April 1 must file by the April 18 deadline. Late filing will be accepted through October 15, but a late filing penalty may apply.

For those seeking a property tax adjustment, Form HI-144, the Household Income Schedule, must be completed to determine eligibility. Generally, household incomes of $137,500 or more do not receive an adjustment. The maximum property tax adjustment is $8,000.  Residents will not receive a Property Tax Adjustment unless both a Form HS-122 (Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Claim) and a Form HI-144 (Household Income Schedule) are filed.

For more information, visit http://tax.vermont.gov/property-owners or contact the Vermont Dept. of Taxes at 828-2865 or toll-free in Vermont at 866-828-2865.

Comment sought on walking and biking

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission is updating the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to provide the basis for future regional investments in walking and biking throughout Chittenden County. Based on public input and further analysis from comments gathered last fall, there are draft recommendations available for review. Visit the Regional Bike/Ped Plan webpage to see what’s being proposed for a regional network, projects and programs: http://www.ccrpcvt.org/our-work/our-plans/regional-bikeped-plan/ Then share your thoughts with Peter Keating at pkeating@ccrpcvt.org by April 29.

Stuff that Habitat truck!

CVU’s Habitat for Humanity Club will be hosting a ‘Stuff the Truck’ event on Saturday April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CVU parking lot. Organizers are asking the community to help “stuff” the Habitat delivery truck, by bringing gently used household materials to be donated to the Habitat Re-Store. Any items that can help build and furnish homes for those in need are a help. Not accepted: clothing, televisions, damaged items, computers. Any questions, contact Morgan Schnell or MaryAnne Gatos, 482-7195 or email morganschnell@cssu.org.

Panelists wanted for Graduation Challenge

CVU learning coordinators are looking for more than 100 community panelists for Grad Challenge Presentation Day. Seniors make formal presentations to panels composed of community members and CVU faculty. Panelists have found their participation in this special day to be an exciting and inspiring experience, according to CVU. Three or four students present in a topic area, and panelists listen to presentations, ask questions and evaluate student presentations. All panelists are asked to attend a brief orientation immediately prior to an assigned session. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Anyone is welcome to join except parents of seniors graduating this year. To sign up, visit www.cvuhs.org or contact MaryAnne Gatos at 734-6509.

Cemeteries now open

Gates to Williston cemeteries opened April 13, but the Cemetery Commission notes that they have not been able to pick up winter debris and cautions visitors about frost potholes.