West Haven City Council approves tax hikes

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — West Haven residents will have to pay more in taxes after the City Council approved tax hikes and a new budget worth nearly $160 million dollars.

The New Haven Register reports that the West Haven City Council approved Mayor Ed O’Brien‘s $157.6 million dollar budget by a vote of 10-1 Thursday night. The new budget will require a 2.7 percent budget increase for the city, and will require a 4-mill hike in the tax rate for residents.

People who live in the Allingtown section of the city will also see their fire district taxes increase dramatically. Due to a state mandated cap on motor vehicle taxes, the city has split that cap into 25 mills on the city side, and 7 mills per fire district, creating two separate tax rates in the city.

According to the Register, the council set the city tax rate at 35.26 mills for real estate and personal property, and 25 mills for motor vehilces. That’s before the fire district taxes, which will be added on top of the cit rate.

For Allingtown residents, they will have to pay an additional 11.07 mills for real estate and property, and 7 mills. Rates for the Center and West Shore districts have not yet been set, the Register reported.

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