Manager’s Message
Aaron Frank, Town Manager

2018-19 Municipal Tax Rate Set: The Colchester Selectboard set the 2018-19 Town (municipal) tax rate at $0.5352 per hundred dollars of property value, a 1.5% increase over last year’s tax rate. On a $300,000 home, the municipal tax bill will be $1,606, or $24.33 more than last year. In 2012 the municipal tax bill on the same home was $1,611.

Factors contributing to our tax rate:

  • Growth and investment in Colchester resulted an increase in property value of 185,205,900 (9.5%) from 2012 to 2019
  • The establishment of a stormwater utility reduced the need for property tax revenue by $387,180.
  • The local option tax funded $594,463 of our voter-approved debt that was previously paid for by property taxes
  • The Selectboard and Town staff are diligent about containing costs and finding more efficient ways to manage the Town to give you more “bang for your buck.”
  • Colchester has the second lowest property among the listed neighboring Chittenden communities, based on 2017-18 tax rate information and the 2014 census.


Burnham Memorial Library
Kelly McCagg, Director

Summer is definitely here! Stop by the Library to cool off or check out some outrageous programs for children, teens, and adults.

Summer Reading: This year’s Summer Reading theme is LIBRARIES ROCK! Registration began the first day of summer vacation and we already have 175 kids participating!   If you haven’t registered yet, call or come in—it only takes a minute and you’ll be on your way to winning cool prizes. The Summer Reading Program is for readers and pre-readers of all ages.

Embodied Theater with Michelle: Friday, July 6, 2 pm. Participants will learn the art of listening, to themselves and others, through theater games, sound games, and movement activities. This program is best suited for ages 7 & up. Sign up at our website.

Kids/Teens KPop Party: Monday, July 9, 4pm. Discover/explore the world of Korean Pop Stars. We’ll have stations that include singing, dancing, and more, run by KPop enthusiasts that will help transform you into the perfect KPop character. Teens take over at 5pm. Registration required.

Breakout Room: Tuesday, July 10. This time our theme is Rhythm Rocks.  Participants will listen to the rhythm to break out of our musically themed escape room.  Children 5 and up can register for one of the following sessions: 10:30am, 12:00, or 2:00pm. Teens will begin at 4pm.  This is a popular program that fills quickly so be sure to register online.

Teen Craft: Thursday, July 19, 4pm.  Relax by making a CD Mandala. Calming to paint, shiny and sparkly when finished, these make the perfect locker or wall décor.  Teens entering grades 6-12, register online.

Annual Vintage Car Show July 21, 10am.  Adults, mark your calendars! Members of the Vermont Automobile Enthusiast Club will be on hand with their classic rides.  Come back at 6:30pm for Marc Berger in concert at the Meeting House.  Marc has performed with Bob Dylan and at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival.  His latest album, RIDE, is a collection of songs about the American West.  Both programs are free and open to all ages.

Community Music Circle with Rob Zollman: Thursday, July 26, 11am.  Everyone is encouraged to participate in a circle of music making.  Songs are diverse in tonality, rhythm, and subject matter and originate from all over the world.

Stuffies’ Night Out: Friday, July 27, 5pm.  Let your stuffie have the night of its life!  We’ll have games, dress-up, movies, and fabulous teen babysitters. All stuffies will be well-cared for during their library adventure. Stuffie pick up will be Saturday morning, with report card and pictures included.

Find registration links to all programs here.

Notices: Route 7/2 & 2A Colchester Traffic:  There will be no construction July 3 & 4 in observance of the 4th of July holiday.  Expect delays and one-lane travel beginning at 8:30 AM and throughout the day just north of the Creek Farm Road intersection on Monday, 7/2, Thursday, 7/5 and Friday, 7/6. Motorists should allow extra time for commutes and errands.  Morning commuters are advised to go through the construction area before 8:30 AM or seek an alternate route if possible. Evening commute will be slow. A second crew will install drain covers on Route 2A, but no interference with traffic is anticipated. Questions? Contact Jill Barrett at 802.272.1248