Town of Panton
3176 Jersey Street
Panton, VT 05491
Town office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday:
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fridays and VT State Holidays:
General assistance with issues concerning Town government: Matters involving action of the Selectboard. Matters involving the buildings and highways of the Town.
Dog or wolf-hybrid licenses: State Law requires this license by April 1st each year. A valid rabies certificate is required as well as a spayed/neutered certificate (if applicable). Fees are $10.00 for altered pets and $18.00 for non-altered pets.
Marriage or Civil Marriage licenses: At least one party must be a resident of the Town or both parties must be from out of State with the ceremony to be performed in Addison County. Blood tests are not required. License fee is $45.00 plus $10.00 if you would like a certified copy. There is no waiting period to use the license.
Copies of Vital Records: Photocopies or certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records on file are available. Photocopies are $.25 each and $10.00 each for certified copies. Genealogy searches are welcome and will be performed by the researcher.
Motor Vehicle Registration Renewals: You can renew registrations for cars, trucks, boats, trailers, etc. Bring your renewal notice and a check written to the Department of Motor Vehicles for the amount of your renewal. There is a $3. fee payable to the Clerk for this service.
Green Mountain Passports: Green Mountain Passports are available to residents 62 or over or to those who have been declared disabled by the Vermont Veterans Administration. The $2.00 lifetime passport is valid immediately; holders are eligible for free admission to state parks and museums as well as reduced prices by private businesses.
Property Tax Payments: Tax bills are mailed out once a year usually by September 1. Taxpayers may pay the bill in full or in two installments; November 1st and May 1st. Interest charges are assessed for late payment and an additional 8% penalty fee will be added on all unpaid taxes after May 1st.
Voter Checklist Application: You must be a resident of the Town and at least 18 years of age to become a registered voter. Applications are available at any Town/City Clerks office.
Land Records: Deeds, mortgages, liens, etc. are on file in the Town Clerk’s office. Copies may be obtained at $1.00 per page. There is a $10.00 filing fee per page to record documents in the land records.
There are three (3) members that comprise the Selectboard. They are elected for three (3) year staggered terms. If you have any questions relative to budget & expenses, taxes, and overall town operation, you should speak with the Selectboard. Selectboard meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Panton Town offices unless otherwise posted, and are open to the public. Appointments to meet with the Selectboard should be made with the Town Clerk prior to the meeting. Minutes are available at the Town Clerk's office, and on this web site. The current selectboard members are:
The Town Treasurer is responsible for the Town's funds. Our Town Treasurer is Diane Merrill.
Zoning Administrator: The Zoning Administrator works with the Planning Commission and Development Review Board (DRB), and is responsible for assisting in the town planning and the land development oversight. The Zoning Administrator is also responsible for enforcement of zoning regulations. Contact the Zoning Administrator for applications for zoning permits, variances, conditional uses, site plans and subdivision proposals. The Planning Commission/DRB meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the town offices. The Zoning Administrator can be contacted as follows:
Town Auditors: The town auditor plays a vital role in preserving the democratic nature of Vermont’s local government by ensuring that local officials are accountable for their expenditures of the taxpayers’ money. It is the auditor’s job to review the accounts of local officials and report the findings directly to the taxpayers for review. Because this report is presented only days before town meeting, the statutory scheme envisions that if the taxpayers do not like what the auditors’ report indicates about how the officials have spent the taxpayers’ money, the officials will be voted out of office. Thus, it is the auditor’s function to present an easy-to-understand picture of the town’s finances to the people of the town.
Panton's 3 auditors are:
J. Douglas Dows
J. Paul Sokal
One position vacant. Interested in serving?
Town Moderator: The town moderator moderates all warned town meetings. Our town moderator is: J. Douglas Dows
Official Public Notices: Posting of Official Panton Public Notices are at 3 Panton Locations (outside the Town Clerk's office, at the Town Garage, and the outside bulletin board on Jackson Road, just off East Street) plus the Addison Independent.
Justice of the Peace: Justices of the Peace have the power to perform marriages and civil unions but are not required to do so in any particular instance. However, the Justice may not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. They are elected at a general election and must be legal voters of the town. The five Justices serving Panton are:
J. Paul Sokal
F. Ann Sullivan
Listers: From the VLCT handbook for Vermont Officers "...the official who is charged with determining the value of the real and personal property in the town on which the Select board will set the tax rate necessary to raise the money to pay for town services, the maintenance of town highways and the schools". Each town must have 3 listers. Panton's listers are:
Town Service Officer: From the VLCT handbook for Vermont Officers "The town service officer is charged with assisting individuals within the town who require emergency food, fuel or shelter assistance. This official is called upon only when the Vermont Department of Social Welfare is closed on the weekends and after office hours. At these times, the service officer helps individuals in need to obtain the necessary goods and services until the Department of Social Welfare is open.
Panton's Town Service Officer is Louise Giovanella.
Highway Department: Located at 2167 Panton Road, the Highway Department consists of two full time employees (one road foreman and one highway helper). For questions concerning any highway in Panton, contact one of the Selectboard members or the Town Clerk. The Road Foreman and contact info is as follows:
Richard Cloutier - 802-475-2085
Dog Warden: Report stray or lost dogs/wold-hybrids running at large to the town Dog Warden.
Panton's Dog Warden is Christine (Chris) Morris. She can be reached at 802-989-0769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire Warden: Issues permits in accordance with State Law 10VSA, Section 2645, which allows for the burning of approved materials such as untreated wood, brush and hay. No Permits are required when there is snow cover on the ground.
Fire Warden - Robert Moulton
1897 Vt. Rte. 22A
From the VLCT handbook for Vermont Officers "The Town Agent assists the town when litigation is in progress."
Panton's Town Agent is Ted Bolens.
Green Up Day: click here to see our Green Up Page. The page is typically updated annually prior to Green Up Day.
Useful Web Sites:
Addison County Solid Waste Management District
Vermont State Government
Rabies in Vermont
United States Government
Page last updated: 04/02/2014