It's a Construction Zone Out There!  

Structural repairs are currently being made to the Montpelier City Center Garage, which abuts our office. These repairs cause varying levels of noise in our space throughout the day. The project is scheduled to conclude by the middle of August. Until then, there may be times when your telephone call will go to voicemail because Theresa simply won't be able to hear your voice over the din at her desk. But rest assured that we will do our best to forward calls and respond to you as soon as possible.

VLCT's New Executive Director

Maura Carroll introduces herself to the membership in the July VLCT News.

The 2015 Legislative Wrapup

is now posted here. All of the 2015 legislative session newsletters are archived here.

GASB 68 Impacts on Municipal Financial Statements

Beginning with Vermont municipalities’ fiscal years ending June 30, 2015 – and which will continue for future fiscal years – a new government accounting requirement will affect the audited financial statements of those municipalities participating in the Vermont Municipal Employee Retirement System (VMERS). A portion of any VMERS “net pension liability” will need to appear as a liability on the balance sheets of participating municipalities. Even though VMERS is 98.32% of being “fully-funded,” the requirement will mean that the 450 municipal and school entities participating in VMERS will have to show a share of $9.127 million in net pension liabilities for their fiscal years ending in 2015. [Read more.]

If Your Group Had an HRA in 2014, Pay the IRS by July 31, 2015!

Employers that were self-insured or had a Health Reimbursement Arrangement in 2014 must pay the updated annual PCORI fee of $2.08 per participating employee with IRS Form 720 by July 31, 2015. Here is this year's tax form with the necessary fields highlighted in yellow.

Golf With VLCT on August 19th

VLCT invites municipal employees, officials, and governing board members to the 2015 Local Officials Golf Outing on Wednesday, August 19 at the Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington. The 18-hole four-person scramble, barbeque lunch, and awards still costs only $65.00 per person. Details and a registration form are posted here and have been emailed to all VLCT member municipalities.

Group Net Metering Agreement Template

The Template for Group Net Metering Agreements [Word docx] [pdf file] can help municipal and school district officials through the process of “going solar” and can be modified to suit specific goals and financial needs.

Open Meeting Law Resources and Training

The legislature significantly amended Vermont’s Open Meeting Law in 2014. See the Open Meeting Law page for resources.

Universal Recycling Law

Act 148 institutes new requirements and deadlines for the municipal management of solid waste. Materials from our Jan. 28 Solid Waste Management Workshop can help bring you up to speed.

Fair and Impartial Policing Policy

Interested non-police individuals can read PACIF’s model Fair and Impartial Policing policy here. It satisfies the requirements of Act 193 (S.184) of the 2014 legislative session.


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PACIF WorkStrong Wellness Consultations

This YouTube video gives a quick overview of one way we are helping PACIF members' employees get serious about wellness. Studies show that healthy workers are injured less often and recover more quickly than unhealthy ones. In each One-to-One Wellness Consultation, Heidi Joyce spends 30 minutes with a single employee to get a handle on his or her wellness status and develop customized strategies for improving. Members just need to schedule several consultations for a single day so Heidi can share her know-how and enthusiasm.