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Towns: CT Relies Too Much on Property Taxes

A lobbying group wants Connecticut to rethink its tax structure.

A group representing Connecticut’s 169 municipalities urges the state to change its laws because its “overdependence on the property tax is unsustainable.”

Jim Finley, chief executive officer of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, is pushing for a five-part plan that would give towns a cut of sales and real estate taxes in order to lessen the burden of “regressive” property taxes. 

The  CCM also wants more state funding for education as well and a “payments in lieu of taxes” program to receive some state money from property owners who don’t pay any taxes – such as hospitals and universities. 

In a press release, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s spokesperson said that the state has to look at ways to alleviate the burden of taxpayers. 

“He’s especially proud that he and Democrats who supported his budget have been able to increase funding for local education and maintain overall aid to cities and towns,” said Andrew Doba. “If you look around the country, most states aren’t doing that.”

Kiplinger, a financial magazine, recently ranked Connecticut as the worst state for retirees due to high taxes.

Paul Alexander September 25, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Attributed to Governor Malloy... “He’s especially proud that he and Democrats who supported his budget have been able to increase funding for local education and maintain overall aid to cities and towns,” said Andrew Doba. “If you look around the country, most states aren’t doing that.” He enacted the largest tax increase in Connecticut history...AND made it retroactive to the beginning of the year!!! OF COURSE you can crow about increasing funding for local education and aid to municipalities when you rob and redistribute to that extent!!! And most states aren’t "doing that" because most states choose not to over tax their citizens. That's a WHOLE lot of lipstick you're puttin' on that pig, Mr. Doba. Malloy has got to go before there is a mass exodus of people and businesses from Connecticut. “Governments create nothing and have nothing to give but what they have first taken away—you may put money in the pocket of one set of Englishmen, but it will be money taken from the pockets of another set of Englishmen, and the greater part will be spilled on the way.” --Winston Churchill
Paul Alexander September 25, 2012 at 04:31 PM
These people are either pure evil...or they think the people they govern are complete idiots.
DAY September 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
They are liars through dissembling statistics. And they believe their cause is righteous, so they forgive themselves for lying and cheating, and continue to do it - casually and effortlessly. Just like the President.
Big Family September 25, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I can't improve on these comments.
Thomas Crafts September 25, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Alleviate the burden of taxpayers? Only one simple way, cut spending.

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