Connecticut’s unpopular car tax poised for changes in 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After decades of unsuccessful attempts to eliminate or fix Connecticut’s unpopular local car tax, there’s hope some changes are imminent.

Because the property tax on motor vehicles is set by each of the state’s 169 cities and towns, the same vehicle can be taxed at wildly different rates depending on where the owner lives.

The two-year, $40.3 billion state budget awaiting the governor’s signature caps car taxes beginning fiscal year 2017. The legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis estimates that 32 communities would be affected in the first year of the budget and 57 in the second year.

A small portion of the state sales tax would cover the cost for those communities.

There’s a chance the program could be changed in the upcoming special legislative session.

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