Education Tax Rate FAQs

We have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about how education tax rates are calculated. If you still have questions after reviewing this list, please contact us directly.

Q: How are the education tax rates set?

Q: What is a “yield" and how much is it this year?

Q: How are the yields used to figure the tax rates in my town?

Q: What is the CLA?

Q: How is the CLA used?

Q: How does education spending in my town affect the homestead education tax rate?

Q: How do the merger incentives factor into the tax rate calculations?

Q: Is a town’s non-residential tax rate adjusted to reflect education spending?

Q: Will there be towns where the non-residential tax rate is lower than the homestead tax rate?

Q: Is my town a “sending” town or a “receiving” town?

Q: Is the non-residential property tax paid by people who are not residents of Vermont?

Q: Does the tax rate in my town depend on the size of our grand list?

Q: Is there an additional adjustment for school districts whose per pupil spending is a lot more (excess spending) than the average statewide?

Q: My town is completing a reappraisal for the April 1, 2018 grand list. Using the common level of appraisal to adjust the tax rates doesn’t seem fair. Our common level of appraisal was 85% based on last year’s grand list. The tax bills for this year will use a grand list that is at 100% of market value. Will the tax rates be adjusted to account for reappraisals?

Q: Most towns also levy taxes for road maintenance and other municipal services. Are there different rates for homestead and non-residential properties in these towns?

Q: I read that some people are able to pay their education tax based on income rather than on the value of their property. How does that work?

Q:What is the “lag” or “lookback” in the property tax adjustment system?