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Nestled in south-central Vermont, the beautiful Town of Weathersfield is a great place to visit, and an even greater place to live.
Located in Windsor County, our Town is comprised of several small villages and hamlets, including Perkinsville on the west side of Town and Ascutney on the east. We are bordered on the east by the Connecticut River, on the north by Mount Ascutney, on the west by the Town of Cavendish, and on the south by the Town of Springfield.
A short drive from Boston, New York and Montreal, Weathersfield's natural beauty and historic nature make it a great place to visit on a day trip or weekend. Weathersfield is a haven for recreational activities. You can enjoy hiking, canoeing, swimming, camping, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, cross-county skiing, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities. Immerse yourself in history or explore the beauty of nature at some of Weathersfield's Sites and Attractions. Have a picnic at a covered bridge, tour local artists' studios, pick your own apples at a hilltop orchard, or enjoy a meal at a five star country inn - it's all right here in Weathersfield!
History of Weathersfield
The town of Weathersfield was chartered as part of the Province of New Hampshire by Benning Wentworth, Governor and Commander-in-Chief August 20th, 1761. Settlement began in the town of Weathersfield before 1765 and organization took place in 1768.
Many of the grantees lived around New Haven, Connecticut, so the town's name probably derives from Wethersfield, one of the smaller communities in that area. Originally the name of the Vermont town was spelled the same way as is in England and Connecticut, but the "a" slipped into the Vermont spelling very early.
The Connecticut town was named in 1637 for Wethersfield, Essex, England, where the name originally referred to a field associated with a wether (from the Old English wither), or castrated ram. Wethers often were trained to lead a fiock of ewes to and from pasture. When the Vermonters put the "a" into their town's name, they lost its old pastoral meaning, which would have been appropriate in view of the sheep boom that later made Weathersfield one of the most prosperous towns in the state.
One Jonathan Allen, an early settler in town, was a veteran of Bunker Hill and had the scar to prove it. One of his ears was lopped off by his own commander because he had fired on the British before the order was given.
In 1830 a post office was opened at the village which is now known as Ascutney. The office was named just Corners (not Weathersfield Corners, as was intended). When the application forms were made out for the post office, Weathersfield’s name was put in the proper place for the town's name and Corners was put in for the village name, the assumption apparently that any fool could see the village name was Weathersfield Corners. But the postal authorities weren't just any fools: they took the name exactly as they read it, and for twenty years the office was just Corners.
At some point it occurred to someone that Corners lay in the shadow of Mount Ascutney, so in 1851 the name of the post office was changed to Ascutneyville. In 1924, during one of Washington's periods of trying to tidy up postal names, the -ville was dropped, and the village has been Ascutney ever since. Ascutney is a very old Abnaki name for the mountain, possibly meaning a place "at the end of the river fork." Although Weathersfield has the village of Ascutney and Little Ascutney Mountain, the main peak of Mount Ascutney is over the line in the towns of Windsor and West Windsor.
Ascutney Mountain, a detached peak 3,144 feet high, is partly in the town and has a ski resort area [located in the adjoining town of West Windsor). According to other sources, the word Ascutney is said to come from the Indian word cascadnac, meaning a peak with steep sides.
At the southeast, the Connecticut River makes a queer bend, long called Weathersfield Bow.
Broadcloth, cassimere and satinet were formerly made in great quantities here. In 1811 William Jarvis, then Consul to Portugal, brought to Weathersfield from Spain, a world-famous herd of 3,500 Merino sheep. They were some of the first of this breed to be introduced into the United States, and in 1840 over 10,000 were owned in Weathersfield alone.
Weathersfield is also noted for its fine Holstein cattle and English-bred horses. Paint, soapstone products and printing ink were formerly made here. [The Vermont Soapstone Company was re-organized in the 1970s and today, again, produces soapstone products in Perkinsville.]
There were 136 Weathersfield men who served in the Civil War, and it is believed to be the highest proportion of any town in the Union states.
Below you will find some vital information about our Town, from information about Town Meetings to census data to whom to call for burn permits.
The Town is governed by a five-member Selectboard. Meetings first and third Monday of each month at 7 pm at Martin Hall.
Town Commissions are Planning Commission and Conservation Commission. There is also a Zoning Board of Adjustment. Residents must apply to the Planning Commission for all permits for subdivision of land and to the Zoning Board for all permits for building or altering dwellings or businesses. Copies of the Town Plan, zoning regulations, and subdivisions regulations are available at the Town Office.
New residents should come to the Town Office to register to vote, to receive a town report, and to secure permits for the trash and recycling center. Necessary tokens for the trash may be purchased at the Town Office, at Downer's Corner Store and Ascutney Sunoco Gas Station.
Demographics of the Weathersfield Town
The schools are governed by a five-member School Board. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm. There is no High school; students have the choice of attending other community high schools.
Darrin Spaulding 802-263-5377
Joshua Dauphin 802-356-0623
Mychael Spaulding 802-356-0038
For more information call the Town Office.
Recycling Center and Transfer Station
Residents use the Weathersfield Transfer Station, located at the intersection of VT Rt. 106 and Amsden School Road in Weathersfield for recycling and trash disposal. Details of recycling and refuse regulations and associated fees are available at the Town office. Tokens can be purchased at Downers Corner Store, The Weathersfield Town Offices, and Ascutney Sunoco Gas Station and Store in Ascutney. A vehicle identification sticker is required and is available at the town office with proof of eligibility.
Tokens $ 3.50 per punch
Quality in Town Government depends on our citizens. Your time and talent as a volunteer in serving on boards and commissions make it possible for decisions to be made by the people for the people. For information of openings and job responsibilities, contact the Town Office. We hope you will participate.
NEW! Weathersfield in the News (Be sure to also search "Ascutney" and "Perkinsville")
Vermont State Primary: Weathersfield Memorial Hall, Downstairs, 5259 Route 5, every year on the 2nd Tuesday in August to vote for party nominations for State officials.
General Election: Weathersfield Memorial Hall, Downstairs, 5259 Route 5 to vote for State officials and Justices of the Peace.
If you have any questions, please call the Weathersfield Town Clerk’s Office at 674-9500.
REGISTER TO VOTE:
There were new changes to Vermont Election Laws that went into effect on January 1, 2017. As of that date:
- Eligible residents are able to register to vote on any day up to and including Election Day;
- Registration is available at the Town Clerk’s Office on any day prior to the election during normal
- Registration is available on Election Day during the hours the polls are open.
To register to vote you can come to the Town Clerk’s Office at 5259 Route 5.
You may also register to vote online at: https://mvp.sec.state.vt.us/.
2018-2019 Tax Billing
By law, taxes are levied on property as it exists for the owner of record on April 1st prior to the start of the tax year. Tax bills are mailed to the April 1st owner of record at the address on file with the Lister’s Office. If all or a part of the taxed property is sold, it is the seller's responsibility to forward the tax bill to the new owner.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve any taxpayer of responsibility to pay the property taxes, interest or penalties when they become due to the Town of Weathersfield.
Due dates, deadlines to pay, interest and penalty fees are all voted on at the Annual Town Meeting. ONE BILL will be sent at least 30 days prior to the first due date. This is the only bill you will receiveand also includes applicable Village taxes. You will NOTreceive a notice of payment due for the final installment. This bill includes four installment coupons attached to the bottom and you may pay it in full or in installments as follows:
· FIRST installment due and payable at the Town Office by 5:30 PM on August 8, 2018
· SECOND installment due and payable at the Town Office by 5:30 PM on November 7, 2018
· THIRD installment due and payable at the Town Office by 5:30 PM on February 13, 2019
- FINAL installment due and payable at the Town Office by 5:30 PM on May 8, 2019
Any installment not paid on or before the close of business at 5:30 PM on the due date will be subject to interest on the unpaid principal at the rate of 1% per month for the first three months and 1.5% thereafter per 32 V.S.A. §4873. An 8% penalty on the unpaid principal will be charged if payment is not received in full on or before the close of business at 5:30 PM on the final installment due date as provided by 32 V.S.A. §5136.
You can pay property taxes more frequently than the four installments.
Property Owners Responsibilities
- By law, taxes are levied on property as it exists for the owner of record on April 1st prior to the start of the tax
year. Tax bills are mailed to the April 1st owner of record to the address on file with the Lister’s Office.
- If your property is sold after April 1st it your responsibility to forward the tax bill to the new owner and the new owner’s responsibility to take notice of the due dates. This office does not know what arrangements have been made regarding who is to pay the taxes at the time of transfer.
- If your property is subdivided after April 1st your bill contains taxes due on the entire parcel. It is your responsibility to make sure the entire tax bill is paid in full for the year. You must contact your attorney for prorated taxes or funds being held in escrow on the sale and division of the property.
- If your taxes are held in escrow by a mortgage company you are responsible for providing your escrow company with all the current information included on your property tax bill.
The Town of Weathersfield offers choices for paying your property tax bill. Contact us for more information at 674-2626 or email@example.com.
* Direct Debit
See the notice printed on the back of your tax bill for more important information provided by the Vermont Department of Taxes
If a property owner has his/her property taxes held in escrow by a mortgage company, the Town will no longer forward a copy to the institution without a written request. The property taxpayer must contact the escrow service with all the information included on the property tax bills.
2018 Homestead Information
By Vermont law, property owners whose homes meet the definition of a Vermont homestead must file a Homestead Declaration annually by the April 18, 2019 filing deadline. A late filing fee will apply after that date. A homestead is the principal dwelling and parcel of land surrounding the dwelling, owned and occupied by the resident as the person’s domicile. All property is considered non- residential, unless it is declared as a homestead. It is your responsibility as the property owner to claim the property as a homestead if you meet, or expect to meet, the following requirements: you are a Vermont resident and you own and occupy a homestead more than 182 days as your domicile as of April 1, 2019. Declare your homestead with the Vermont Tax Department by filing Form HS-122.
Property Tax Adjustment Claim
The Vermont Property Tax Adjustment assists many Vermont homeowners with paying their property taxes. You may be eligible for a property tax adjustment on your property taxes if your property qualifies as a homestead and you meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Your property qualifies as a homestead, and you have filed a Homestead Declaration for the 2019 grand list
- You were domiciled in Vermont for the full prior calendar year
- You were not claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer
- You have the property as your homestead as of April 1; and
- You meet the household income criteria (see form for current year income limit).
Property Tax Adjustment Claims are made to the Department of Taxes by filing Form HS-122, Section B. Visit the Department of Taxes website at www.tax.vermont.gov or call 1-866-828-2865 for more information.
Vermont Current Use Value Appraisal Program
Owners of agricultural and forest land may be eligible to have land taxed at the lower “use value” rate by enrolling in the Current Use Program. To qualify, parcels must be managed according to a forest or conservation management plan approved by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Applications are due by Sept 1 in order to enroll for the following tax year. For additional information, see http://tax.vermont.gov/property-owners/current-use
In Weathersfield, the first $40,000 of appraised value of the established residence of a qualifying veteran, his or her surviving spouse or child is exempt if:
- the residence is owned in fee simple by one or jointly and;
- written application for the exemption is filed with the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs (VOVA) before May 1.
For questions regarding the application process and eligibility contact the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs at (802) 828-3379.
Property owners may grieve the assessed value of their property by submitting a written notice of appeal to the Board of Listers on or before the date that grievance hearings are held - sometime after April 1st. Call 802-674-2626 for the specific date. If your property has been improved (with an addition, for example) or if the town has conducted a town-wide reappraisal, you will receive a “change of appraisal” notice. The date for grievance hearings will be specified in the notice.
Please notify us at (802) 674-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org of any address changes so that you may receive timely information from our office regarding your tax bills, voting, dog licensing, or other Town business
Dog Licensing/ DMV Renewals/Green Mountain Passports
By law, all dogs and wolf hybrids six months of age (if first rabies vaccine 3 months) or older must be licensed by April 1st each year in the town where the dog resides. Licenses are only available through the Town Clerk's Office and may be purchased in person or by mail if there is a current rabies certificate on
file. Licenses are available after mid January each year. Weathersfield does not currently license cats.
In order to license your dog you must present the following items:
Before April 1st:
Neutered/ Spayed: $5.00 + $5.00 state = $10.00 Male/ Female: $9.00 + $5.00 state = $14.00
Neutered/ Spayed: $ 7.00 + $5.00 state = $12.00 Male/ Female: $13.00 + $5.00 state = $18.00
Our office is able to issue temporary vehicle registration renewals. The receipt and sticker that are given out at the Clerk's office are only temporary and within a few weeks after paying, the state will send the appropriate stickers to you. You can also renew your registration online at: https://secure.vermont.gov/dmv/express
In order to renew your registration you need the following:
(Cash or check accepted)
Green Mountain Passports
The Green Mountain Passport Program was started in 1973 by an Act of the Vermont General Assembly. Use your passport for free admission to Vermont State Parks (overnight camping and other fees are excluded), Vermont State Historical Sites and events which are fully State sponsored.
To be eligible for a passport you must be a resident of Vermont AND:
Come to the Town Clerks office and pick your card up today!