Looney; “makes most sense to have statewide ‘mill rate”

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For more than a decade, Governors and state lawmakers have been trying to change the way that car or truck in your driveway is taxed. The so-called ‘Car Tax’, which is just like the ‘Property Tax‘ on your home, can vary greatly from cities like New Haven and Hartford to the more affluent suburbs where the same car can be taxed at a much lower rate.

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The highest ranking state lawmaker, Democratic State Senate President Martin Looney of New Haven has introduced the latest plan to address this issue saying,  “It makes most sense to have a statewide ‘mill rate’ that would be collected at the state level and distributed back to municipalities based on a need based formula.”

The same proposal would also give a large ‘Property Tax‘ break to an owner occupied one to four family homes. Both proposals would help the cities and transfer some of the tax burdern to more affluent towns. Republicans will fight this as they have in the past. “It’s what we’ve seen in the past, this playbook of ‘let’s shift money around, make it look like a tax reduction,’ but ultimately it’s shifting wealth out of the communities and into the cities,” said House Minority Leader Rep. Vin Cadelora (R-North Branford.

Governor Lamont speculated about this idea during the campaign and repeated today that he’s still looking at it saying,  “During the campaign I did think it was unfair that the same car in Greenwich was tax at a much lower rate than that car in Bridgeport and I thought there is a fairness issue there
that I wanted to address.”

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The Governor woudn’t say if he might propose something like this in his budget next month but wants to work with Senator Looney on his ideas.

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