Assessing

The Assessment Department annually produces the Grand List. This document essentially indicates the cumulative value of private property in Shelburne as of the base year. The base year is 2008 with the effective date of value being April 1st of each subsequent year.
You will find the current year Grand List in the Quick Links below.
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​The goal of the department is to monitor the local real estate market and constantly test the relationship between Town of Shelburne appraisals to the actual market. Real estate information is kept both in the Town Clerk and Assessing Departments. This includes maps, deeds and property transfer tax returns. There is also a breakdown of all assessments in the public records. The files are sorted by physical address and available to the public during normal working hours.

For more information about your value either directly contact the Assessor's office or you may find the information in the FAQ's or the Quick Links helpful.
Property owners are encouraged to check for the factual accuracy and fairness of the assessment information. Our goal is to remain accessible, accurate and reasonable in all valuations.  Please contact our office by stopping by or calling us at 802-985-5115. We look forward to working with all individual on matters pertaining to the valuation of their Shelburne property.

The values in the Grand List have been prepared using either standard appraisal methods developed from the marketplace in advance of the last reappraisal or as prescribed by State Law. There are several adjustments to either the method or final value set by Vermont Statues. Examples include partial exemptions for honorably discharged veterans with a 50% or greater disability, qualified subsidized housing, properties enrolled in the State use-value program, solar arrays and primary residences subject housing covenants.
The majority of Grand List values have been derived using the Cost Approach with a distinct value on land and buildings. This is one of three approaches (Cost, Income and Sales Comparison). It is not appropriate to use the Cost Approach with condominiums as there is no separately-owned land with the unit. The “Income Approach” is an estimate of the present value of future real estate rental or lease potential. The state requires we use this approach in Shelburne to place value(s) on qualified affordable housing using the prescribed factors (ie HUD rental and capitalization rate). The sales comparison approach is typically used often by independent fee appraisers for private work and periodically as a check on town values. There is a common mis-perception towns rely on this approach to develop values for the Grand List. It is simply not feasible to complete a sales comparison analysis on every property in town, even those with less than the 2,900 +/- properties in Shelburne hence we rely more on the Cost Approach to value. 

Property owners are encouraged to check for the factual accuracy and fairness of the assessment information. A goal is to remain accessible, accurate and reasonable in all valuations. Please contact the office by stopping by, writing us or calling 802-985-5115. We look forward to working with all individuals on matters pertaining to the valuation of their Shelburne property.