The Board of Civil Authority hears appeals from taxpayers who have found no relief through the Listers grievance process. An appeal to the BCA begins with a written form from a taxpayer, filed with the Town Clerk, listing the grounds on which the appeal is based. A meeting of the Board of Civil Authority is scheduled, and the taxpayer receives written notice of the date and time of the meeting approximately two to three weeks prior to the hearing date.
The BCA is comprised of 15 Justices of the Peace, the Selectboard and the Town Clerk. Members of the board of Listers will also be present at the hearing.
You may choose to submit your appeal in writing to the Board and not appear at the hearing, but keep in mind that the only evidence presented in your favor will be your written testimony with no opportunity to ask or answer questions that may arise.