As a result of COVID-19 The Waterbury Select Board has voted to change the tax due date for 2020 to one installment due November 13, 2020. The 2020 property tax bills will be mailed in August as soon as information from the State regarding homestead declarations is available. If you purchased your property between April 1, 2020 and today your tax bill was mailed to the previous owner. Please call our office after August 15th to arrange to obtain a copy.
The Town of Waterbury does not mail tax bills to mortgage companies. If your mortgage company typically pays your taxes using escrow service we recommend you send them a copy of your tax bill.
View our online parcel mapping system that shows property information, property taxes*, areas of interest, zoning, and more.
2019 property tax bills were mailed on July 10, 2019 to the address on record.
Payment installments are due Friday August 9th and Friday November 8th, 2019 at the close of business. Details regarding penalty and interest charges can be found on your bill.
*Net tax amounts are not provided as they may contain income sensitive information. For net tax amounts please see our policy on obtaining copies by mail fax or email.
Taxes are calculated based on the current assessed value of your property times the rates as determined by the State of VT and Town Boards.
To calculate your gross annual taxes (does not include any exemptions, state adjustments or prebates):
(Assessed Value/100) x Total Tax Rate = Annual Taxes
To calculate your total tax rate, select either homestead or non-residential, add Municipal rate and add the local agreement rate. For example, if you are a resident who declared homestead and your property was assessed at 200,000, your taxes would be calculated as follows:
(200,000/100) x (1.6820+0.51+0.0018) =
2,000 x 2.1938 = 4,387.60
Effective July 2013, all tax payments must be received in-hand on or before the close of business on each applicable due date. Payments may be mailed, but must also be received in our office no later than close of business on the appropriate due dates. Payments that are postmarked on or before the due dates but received late will not be accepted as on-time. Postdated checks are not accepted.
Office hours are from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
There is a secure payment drop box located at the main entrance of the Municipal Center - 28 North Main Street near the Dac Rowe Ball field.
The Town of Waterbury is happy to offer a FREE direct-debit service for tax and utility payments. Once enrolled, payment would be automatically withdrawn from your bank account on each due date as billed. Forms may be submitted as late as 10 days before each due date to become enrolled.
More information about the boards’ decision to change the postmark policy can also be found here . If you have further questions about due dates and payment options, please call 802-244-5858.
Direct Debit - The Town of Waterbury is now processing direct debit payments for Taxes. If you want to enroll you must complete a Direct Debit Form.
Escrow Accounts - The Town of Waterbury sends the tax bill to the property owner only. We donot send to escrow companies. That is the responsibility of the property owner.
Obtaining a copy of a Tax Bill - The Town of Waterbury will provide tax information to Escrow Agents, Banking Institutions, Credit Unions, Law offices, CPA’s and Realtors who represent their need for the information as it pertains to a real estate transaction or client relationship. This information will NOT be provided by phone. A check payment in the amount of $2.00 per parcel can be mailed to the Town of Waterbury along with your request containing the Parcel ID, taxpayers name and physical address of the parcel. Please indicate how you would like the information returned to you. Options include email, fax or mail. Alternatively, you may stop by the Municipal Office and obtain a copy of the tax bill for a fee of $1.00. There is no charge for a property owner to obtain a copy of their tax bill at the Municipal Office.
Adopted by the Select Board on September 17, 2018
Effective Date: October 1, 2018
Refunds of pre-bates - The Town of Waterbury will not refund any of the pre-bate monies received from the State of Vermont, unless the amount of your prebate exceeds the amount due on your tax bill.
Pre-bates, Rebate, Homestead Declaration - Questions regarding pre-bates, rebates or Homestead Declaration should be directed to the State of Vermont. Property Tax Assistance - (Education Payment, Rebate, Homestead Declaration) Tel: 1-866-828-2865 (toll free in VT) or 802-828-2865 (local & out-of-state) Fax: 802-828-2720. The State Web site is http://tax.vermont.gov/
Credit/Debit Cards - The municipal staff do not take credit card payments by phone or at the office however you can pay your property taxes online at PayGOV.us. There is a 3% convenience fee for each transaction
Name on the Tax Bill - The Property tax bill will be in the name of the owner of the property as of April 1st. If you purchased a property and closed after April 1st your name will be on the tax bill next year.
Address Changes - If your tax bill has an incorrect address it is your responsibility to notify us. For your convenience, you may complete the Change of Address form and return it to us at any time.
Penalty & Interest - The penalty and interest is charged as indicated on your tax bill and is assessed the next day after the due date. Interest is posted on the first of each month thereafter.