West Tisbury selectmen sign off on tax bills, warrant

— File photo by Mae Deary

West Tisbury town assessor Kristina West received approval from the board of selectmen on October 19 to submit a request to the state Department of Revenue (DOR) for permission to mail estimated rather than final tax bills to property owners for the third quarter of the fiscal year.

“We are not going to have our valuations done on time this year in order to send out actual tax bills so in order to avoid having to borrow, we are going to ask to send out estimated third quarter tax bills,” Ms.West told selectmen last Wednesday. “It will be same as your first two quarters. For taxpayers it means that their fourth quarter bill will see the bulk of the increase.”

Chairman of the selectmen Jeffrey “Skipper” Manter and selectman Richard Knabel unanimously approved the request. Selectman Cynthia Mitchell was absent.

Also Wednesday, selectmen signed a 10-article warrant for a special town meeting scheduled to begin at 7 pm, Tuesday, November 15 at the West Tisbury School.

The warrant includes a request that voters approve bylaw changes that would close Seth’s Pond from 9 pm to 7 am and ban dogs on Lambert’s Cove Beach during the summer months. Voters will also be asked to raise and appropriate $10,000 for expenses to explore the possibility of the construction and maintenance of solar panels at the town landfill.

In other business, selectmen appointed Richard Hammond to serve a one-year term as fence viewer. Mr. Knabel said that there are now two town fence viewers but a third volunteer is needed. Fence viewers administer fence bylaws and settle trespassing disputes.

“If someone is sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to come forward, now is the time,” Mr. Manter said with a broad smile.

Mr. Manter thanked Richard Olsen for his volunteer efforts to move the town’s memorial monument to veterans of World Wars I and II from the intersection of State Road and the West Tisbury/Edgartown Roads to a small park in front of Town Hall. The move was completed this week. A rededication service is scheduled for 12:30 pm, Veteran’s Day, November 11.