Property Taxes

The last installment of the Property Tax Year 2020/2021 is due March 15, 2021.  In an effort to keep our customers and ourselves safe, please see the ways to pay that does not require you to visit our counter in Town Hall.  

 Property tax payments can be made by:

  • drop box at the front door to Town Hall
  • US Postal Mail, we do take US postal marks dated by 3/15/2021 as on time
  • online using a debit/credit card or by Echeck

See Payment Options for more information.

If you don't know how much you need to pay or need a copy of your tax bill, please contact us with any questions at townclerk@colchestervt.gov or 802-264-5520.

Announcements

Please be aware of due dates and methods of paying property taxes.  The Town Clerks/Treasurers Office is required by Colchester Town Charter Ch. 7, Sec. 702 to charge penalty and interest on balances unpaid by 5pm on the date due.  Delinquent balances after the due date are charged 1% interest monthly for the first 90 days and 1.5% monthly after 90 days, until paid in full.  There is also a penalty charged on delinquent balances: a one time 5% charge for up to 30 days, then a one time 3% charge after 30 days.

See Payment Options

Tax Rates Fiscal Year 2020/2021 starting July 1st.

Rate Type
Residential Non-Residential
State Education Tax 1.5800 1.8210
Town Municipal Service Tax   0.5480 0.5480
Total Tax Rate
2.1280 2.3690

Due Dates (for the new tax year, starting July 1)

For 2020/2021 Tax Year (due by 5pm):
  • August 17
  • November 16
  • March 15

Tax Facts


  • Tax billing cycle runs July 1st through June 30th of each year.
  • The Town of Colchester is required to bill and collect the State of Vermont's Education Tax which is determined by the State Legislature annually. 

    Here is a link

    which shows the Town's Municipal Service tax and the State of Vermont's Education Tax on a sample tax bill.
  • Tax Bills are sent to owner of record around July 15th of each year.
  • Postdated payments of property taxes are not accepted.
  • The tax bills have 3 payment stubs on bottom to be used for each of the 3 installment due dates. 
  • New owners after July 1st need to request a copy of their tax bill from us if not received through the closing (sale/purchase) process.
  • Delinquent balance charges include interest of 1% monthly for the first 90 days on balances left unpaid after each due date.  Interest of 1.5% will be charged monthly after the 90 days until paid in full. 
  • The penalty schedule is as follows, one time,  5% charge for first 30 days and, one time, 3% charge for balances remaining due after the 30 days.  This is charged on tax balances not paid after each due date on tax bills.