Board of Civil Authority

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The Jericho Board of Civil Authority consists of the following people: the Town Clerk, the three members of the Selectboard, and the twelve elected Justices of the Peace. In addition, for term February 1 2021 to February 1 2023 the Select Board has appointed BCA members Carol Gross and Edward Dubois to improve political party balance for election related duties. Meetings of the board are called by the town clerk. This board is responsible for the following: to assist with the running of elections, to act as a quasi-judicial board for grievances between taxpayers and Listers, and to maintain the voter checklist.


Elections

In the running of elections, the Town Clerk is the Presiding Officer. The members of the Board of Civil Authority assist with the smooth running of elections, and assist with the counting of ballots. Generally, at least three members of the Board of Civil Authority are present throughout the day at the polling place.


Tax Appeals

When a taxpayer has a grievance with the decision of the Board of Listers, the taxpayer can appeal to the Board of Civil Authority. The board acts as a quasi-judicial board hearing evidence from all parties involved, and renders a decision. Guidelines for appeals to the Board of Civil Authority, and the appropriate forms to be used can be found in the Property Valuation and Review’s “A Handbook on Property Tax Assessment Appeals”.


Voter Checklist

The board is responsible for reviewing all applications for addition to the checklist. Every two years the board must review the voter checklist and make a list of names of voters to be challenged.



The Jericho Board of Civil Authority consists of the following people: the Town Clerk, the three members of the Selectboard, and the twelve elected Justices of the Peace. In addition, for term February 1 2021 to February 1 2023 the Select Board has appointed BCA members Carol Gross and Edward Dubois to improve political party balance for election related duties. Meetings of the board are called by the town clerk. This board is responsible for the following: to assist with the running of elections, to act as a quasi-judicial board for grievances between taxpayers and Listers, and to maintain the voter checklist.


Elections

In the running of elections, the Town Clerk is the Presiding Officer. The members of the Board of Civil Authority assist with the smooth running of elections, and assist with the counting of ballots. Generally, at least three members of the Board of Civil Authority are present throughout the day at the polling place.


Tax Appeals

When a taxpayer has a grievance with the decision of the Board of Listers, the taxpayer can appeal to the Board of Civil Authority. The board acts as a quasi-judicial board hearing evidence from all parties involved, and renders a decision. Guidelines for appeals to the Board of Civil Authority, and the appropriate forms to be used can be found in the Property Valuation and Review’s “A Handbook on Property Tax Assessment Appeals”.


Voter Checklist

The board is responsible for reviewing all applications for addition to the checklist. Every two years the board must review the voter checklist and make a list of names of voters to be challenged.

  • Want to know more about legislative reapportionment and how it affects Jericho ?

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    The Jericho Board of Civil Authority has been actively following the Legislative Apportionment Board (LAB) You can find the link to the September 29th, 2021 five Town Board of Civil Authority Meeting to discuss Senate redistricting. This was recorded by MMCTV and is pictured on the right hand side of this page. On November 3rd, the Jericho and Underhill Boards of Civil Authority met to discuss the proposal received from the Legislative Apportionment Board

    Below is information that the Board of Civil Authority received from the Legislative Apportionment Board
    Memo from Board Chair Tom Little
    explaining the process and the BCA role.

    Proposed House Reapportionment Statewide Map - Town Finder App. This is an interactive map displaying a side-by-side comparison of current House districts and the LAB’s proposed re-drawing of districts. Clicking on a district displays district specific data like population and population deviation.

    Proposed House Reapportionment individual district PDFs. These PDFs are high resolution and can be printed in large sizes or emailed to BCA members. They can also be found and printed from the Town Finder App, above.

    1. Sorted by City/Town
    1. Sorted by Proposed District

    2020 Census Data Interactive Maps by Town (courtesy VCGI)

    17 V.S.A. Chapter 34A: Periodic Reapportionment

    Apportionment Board Resources

    Contact the Board

    This is the response to the Legislative Apportionment Board that the Jericho Board of Civil Authority sent following the November 3rd, 2021 meeting.

    The Jericho BCA strongly recommends that the current Jericho - Underhill district remain as two towns with two representatives.

    We strongly support the current two town/two representative model to the House of Representatives. Underhill and Jericho together elect two representatives and have done so for decades. There has been a long standing tradition which has been continuously honored by the major parties that one representative comes from Underhill and one from Jericho but that they both represent both towns. This has been beneficial to the citizens of both towns because they have had two officials to turn to when they felt a need to converse with their representative. Underhill and Jericho currently share many municipal and community resources, some of which are schools, the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department, the Underhill Jericho Park District, the Jericho Market, etc. We would advocate that Underhill and Jericho continue to have a two member representative district and that no changes to this status quo be effected.

    We feel it is important to keep the flexibility of having two member districts to respect the differences across the state. In respect to Town Government and management of elections it is very important to respect Town lines. By keeping Jericho intact in a 2 member representative district the running of elections is more efficient. If Jericho were divided into 2 different single member districts that would require increased staffing at a shared polling location for Jericho’s two districts. There would be two different ballots and increased associated costs in printing the ballots, coding the vote tabulators and two different vote tabulators. There is a potential for increased confusion to the Jericho resident if they move between districts and decreased awareness as to what district that they live in. This will increase confusion with same day voter registration as well as the complexity of keeping two different districts separate while processing early/absentee ballots. This confusion may not only be on the voters part but the trained election official. With the trend of increasing mail in ballots, there will be extra steps needed to ensure that voters receive the correct ballot for their district. For voters that live in the section of Jericho that is split off, they will be voting in a separate district for August and November elections but join the rest of the Jericho voters during March elections and other special town elections.


    • Currently LAB members are working on a Senate District map, which will be sent directly to the VT Senate, once they have voted to approve a map. LAB meetings are open to the public, are conducted as hybrid in-person with a remote option (Zoom) and have scheduled agenda time for public comment or input. Visit https://sos.vermont.gov/apportionment-board/ for details.


    By November 29th, the LAB is charged with sending their final recommendation for a House District map and a Senate District map to the Legislature, alongside a report detailing their recommendation and process.

  • How to sign in to the November 3, 2021 BCA meeting

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    Topic: BCA Joint Jericho/Underhill Meeting

    Time: Nov 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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  • How to sign in to the October 6, 2021 BCA meeting

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    Topic: Jericho Board of Civil Authority

    Time: Oct 6, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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  • How to sign in to the September 29th 5 Town BCA meeting

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    Topic: Legislative Reapportionment 6PM Wednesday September 29th, 2021

    Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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  • How to sign into the February 10 BCA Meeting

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  • How to sign into January 7 6:00 pm Zoom BCA meeting

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  • How to sign into Tuesday July 21, 10 am Zoom BCA meeting

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