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Welcome to the Town of Westford
· August 20th (Wednesday) – 5:00 p.m. deadline to submit an application for addition to the checklist, or to file a written notice of intent to apply for those who are not eligible to register to vote but will be by voting day.
· August 25th (Monday) – 5:00 p.m. deadline to request an absentee ballot.
· August 26th (Tuesday) – Voting day. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Westford School gym.
Click here to view ballots (4) for the Primary Election.
NEW WESTFORD GIS MAP
We are pleased to present the new, interactive WESTFORD GIS MAP!
This program was created by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (big thanks!) in order to help broaden our understanding of the landscape, natural resources, zoning districts, etc. in Town.
The map is available at: http://map.ccrpcvt.org/westfordmapviewer/
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melissa Manka, Planning Coordinator, or Kate Lalley, Administrative Officer at 878-4587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOWN CENTER REVITALIZATION PROJECT
The Westford Planning Commission, with the help of consultant Brandy Saxton of Place Sense, is exploring a new community-based vision and new development standards for the Town Center Area.
Why are we doing this?
To maintain Westford’s historic green and center as the community asset we all know it is it will help to have an overall strategy for how this area can redevelop over time. Using public surveys and workshops, the Planning Commission is exploring how best to:
For more information and/or to view the language under consideration, please visit the project website at (http://www.placesense.com/current/westford) or stop by the town office. Furthermore, please feel free to contact Melissa Manka, Planning Coordinator, at the town office (878-4587) or by email (email@example.com).
The above project is supported/funded by a Municipal Planning Grant awarded by the Department of Economic, Housing & Community Development.
Property tax bills are mailed a minimum of 30 days prior to the first installment due date. Annual taxes are divided into four equal payments and are due August 15, November 15, March 15 and May 15. Late payments are charged interest of 1% per month for the first 3 months and 1 1/2% per month thereafter. An 8% penalty is assessed on any taxes not paid by May 15. Postmarks (US, FedEX and UPS) are accepted as timely payments.
To make your payment online by credit card, go to https://trx.npspos.com/payapp/public/ECSale.html?siteId=18336&deptId=18336&urlKey=4b320249c1808be5909fd16427d5d588acffaaf4.
You will need to enter your Parcel ID (found in the upper left corner on your tax bill) and know the amount due when making your payment.
Please note: A convenience fee of $3.00 for transactions totaling up to $122.00, or 2.45% of the transaction exceeding $122.00, will apply.
Dog Licenses are due by April 1st. A current rabies certificate is required. If you are unsure if the current certificate is on file, please call the Town Office. For your convenience, you may mail or drop off the fee and rabies certificate along with a S.A.S.E. and your license will be mailed to you. The fee through April 1st is $10.00 for spayed or neutered dogs and $12.00 for dogs that are not spayed or neutered. Dog licenses obtained after April 1st are subject to a late fee. We encourage all dog owners to register their dogs before April 1st.
TOWN NEWSLETTERS AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE
Use the navigation button to the left marked Documents and Forms and then click on Town Newsletters to access PDF files of recent newsletters.
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If you would like to receive a copy of the Town Newsletter by email, click here to subscribe.
VACANT TOWN POSITIONS
Please contact the town office (878-4587 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in serving the community in this position:
FINANCIAL INTERNAL CONTROLS REPORT
In 2011 the Selectboard contracted with Cota, CPA to review the town's financial controls and conduct a sampling of the Town's financial accounts. Based on meetings with town officials and town office employees, Cota, CPA has issued an "Independent Accountant's Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures - Internal Control Project" report. The report has been posted to the Town's website. Click here to view the report. Future reports from Cota, CPA will be added to the website as they become available.
Cota,CPA performed a sampling of the Towns financial activity for July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. Click here to view their report.
For more information please contact the Selectboard (email@example.com) or attend one of their meetings.
VILLAGE CENTER DESIGNATION: HOW YOU MAY BENEFIT!
On September 27, 2010, the Town of Westford was granted Village Center Designation by the Vermont Downtown Board. The purpose of this designation is to help encourage and preserve the structures and character of historic Vermont town centers. The designation area in Westford encompasses the structures surrounding the Town Common area. To view a map of the Designated Village Center click here.
Go to http://www.historicvermont.org/programs/2006%20downtown%20owner%20lessor%20benifits%20.pdf to view a summary of how individuals who own property in the designation area can directly benefit from this program. *Please note tax credits apply to structures constructed prior to 1983 that are commercial or multi-family rental properties.
WESTFORD ENERGY COMMITTEE NEWS
For the last two years, the Westford Energy Committee has been working to raise awareness of important energy issues that affect our town. Now, the Committee is recommending that Westford join a state-wide initiative that can directly benefit individual home owners. To learn more about this residential energy improvement loan program, visit the Westford Energy Committee ( click here.).
VIEW WESTFORD PARCEL DATA USING GOOGLE EARTH!
Click the attachment below to view Westford parcel data using Google Earth! This program will allow you to view property boundaries overlaid onto Google Earth images. Click a parcel on the map and view the property's identification number and approximate acreage. Please note you must download Google Earth to your computer to view the file.
Click this link to the parcel file and select Google Earth as the program to open it with.
If you have questions please contact Melissa Manka, Westford Planning Coordinator, at the Town Office (878-4587) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org )
You may contact the Town Office for approximate acreages based on the Grand List.
Date: Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Event: Town Office Closes at 1pm
Date: Friday, July 25th, 2014
Event: Newsletter Deadline
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014
Event: Town Office Closes at 1pm
Date: Friday, August 1st, 2014
See the full calendar for additional events.
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