Lincoln Property Taxes
Read the questions and answers below. If you still have questions, contact Town Treasurer Lisa Truchon at the town office (802) 453-2980 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tax Payments: (Written by Sally Ober, Town Clerk)
When are property taxes due?
We collect property taxes in two installments each year. The due dates for the 2019-20 tax year are Wed., Oct. 9, 2019 and Wed., March 11, 2020.
What are the dates of Lincoln’s tax year? Our town runs on a fiscal year cycle, not on a calendar year. Our fiscal year begins on July 1 of each year, and it ends on June 30th.
Can I pay the whole thing at once?
Yes, you can pay the whole thing at once if that is what you prefer. Make the payment on or before Oct. 9 to avoid interest charges.
It is really hard for us to come up with these big payments all at once. Can I pay monthly or quarterly instead?
Yes! If it is easier for you to pay in smaller increments, we will accept your payments at any time of the year. Just make sure you meet the deadlines to avoid interest and penalty charges.
What if I can’t make the entire payment by October 9th?
Even if you can only make a partial payment, it will save you some interest charge. We do accept partial payments. Beginning on Oct. 10, any remaining balance of the first installment will be subject to 0.5% interest per month.
Can I pay my bill with a credit card?
No, the Town of Lincoln can not accept credit card payments of any kind. We prefer payment by check or money order. If you must pay with cash, please bring the exact amount.
What if I can’t manage to make the March 11th payment?
Any amount unpaid by March 12, will be subject to a one-time 8% penalty plus 0.5% interest per month. If you can make a partial payment, it will save you from a larger penalty and interest charge .
Does the Town accept payments that are postmarked by the due date?
Yes. Lincoln accepts the postmarked date if we can read it.
I would prefer to pay my tax bill in person. What if I can’t get to the office during the regular office hours posted on the door?
This is a two-part answer: (1.)There is a drop slot next to the office door (check and money orders only). You can drop your payment 24 hours/day. There are lights on the walkway along the building if you come after dark. (2.) The office hours say: “also by appointment”. I did this because I am in the office at least 6 hours per week more than what the sign on the door says. I use that time to complete tasks which require a lot of concentration, desk space, or copier time. If you need five minutes to make a payment, I will gladly schedule that with you. Kindly give me a day or two notice. You may also be able to connect with the town treasurer, who holds different hours than the clerk.
It would be more convenient if I could just drop my payment at the Town Clerk’s home when I pass by.
I am honored to know you trust me so much that you would actually consider this thought, but it is absolutely not a sound practice for many reasons. I have heard that other towns do this, but we are not “other towns”. I live within walking distance of the office. If you can reach me at home and have a dire need to make a payment, I will meet you at the office, record the transaction, and lock your payment in the fire-proof safe where it belongs.
Still have questions?
Contact Town Treasurer, Lisa Truchon, at the town office (802)453-2980 or at email@example.com