“Let me tell you how it will be, There’s one for you, nineteen for me, ‘Cause I’m the Taxman, Yeah, I’m the Taxman.”–George Harrison
Give a greedy government the chance, as Harrison snarled in that Beatles tune about 50 years ago (nothing’s really changed), and it will tax the street, seat, heat and feet.
In Connecticut, when your foot hits the pedal too — the gas that fills your tank and the car that breaks the bank.
Harrison was writing about the British government fleecing Beatles’ earnings, but American politicians have learned a lot from the mother country even though the good old USA was founded in part on a tax revolt. There’s no free lunch, right?
In the final weeks of Connecticut’s General Assembly could sanity actually prevail in setting an equitable tax rate on motor vehicles?
Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney is behind the wheel of legislation that would prevent municipalities from taxing motor vehicles more than 29.4 mills, the average mill rate of Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities. Several Connecticut cities feature rates more than 40 mills, in some cases dramatically higher than those of its most affluent suburbs. Supporters of the bill assert taxing all vehicles the same no matter the municipality you live in creates fairness.
Under such a scenario the state would serve as collection agent on vehicle taxes and hold municipalities harmless in the resulting revenue losses.
A legislative fiscal analysis shows that taxpayers in more than 50 higher-taxed municipalities would receive a cut on vehicles.
Time is running short as the legislative session ends in two weeks.
Now if they could also do something as well about one of the highest gas taxes in the country!