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Board of Civil Authority (BCA)

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The Board of Civil Authority (BCA) is comprised of the Selectboard, Justices of the Peace, and the Town Clerk.

Vermont statutes state: “The town clerk, selectboard members and justices residing in a town shall constitute the board of civil authority of such town. Meetings of the board shall be called by the town clerk, or by one of the selectboard members, on application, by giving written notice to each member, and by posting a notice in two or more public places in the town at least five days previous to the meeting. The board shall choose a chair, and the town clerk shall be its clerk. The act of a majority of the board present at the meeting shall be treated as the act of the board, except that when the board is dealing with election issues, 17 V.S.A. § 2103(5) shall control.”


The Board for the Abatement of Taxes is comprised of the Selectboard, Justices of the Peace, Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, and invited Listers and Collector of Delinquent Taxes.

Vermont statutes state: (a) The board of civil authority, with the listers and the town treasurer, shall constitute a board for the abatement of town and property taxes and water and sewer charges.

(b) The act of a majority of a quorum at a meeting shall be treated as the act of the board. This quorum requirement need not be met if the town treasurer, a majority of the listers, and a majority of the selectboard are present at the meeting.

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