Malloy proposes to remove a car tax on any vehicle assessed at $20,000 or less starting July 1, 2014. The car tax brings in about $500 million in combined revenue for Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns.
How big of governor Malloy to remove the car tax. The state doesn’t receive it anyway; towns do. So this will actually hurt the education budget of towns.
Why can’t local school districts propose to their voters a local fee, identical to the one Gov Malloy wants to eliminate? It won’t make any additional impact on people’s pocket books because it won’t be a “new” tax, just a replacement.
I lived for two years in Washington State where every school district had the freedom to propose to the voters additions to the property tax and/or individually levied fees which would help fund public schools. I lived in a community that valued its children’s education very highly. While I was there a proposal was presented to the district’s voters. A great deal of information was made available, including exactly what the money was for, why the new program would be valuable, as well as the views of those who supported the new plans but did not feel they warranted more revenues. The turnout vote was amazing and the measure passed with over 70% “Yes.” Never before, or since, have I lived in a place where people so put their money where their mouths were when it came to public education. They are the top school district in the state (1/216).
If CT public school districts can do the same thing, why not try? The keys to getting additional taxes/fees passed are 1) the schools must already have the support of the community and 2) the district must build a record of responsible and effective TARGETED programs. “We want more money” and the funds disappear down a rat hole won’t work but if a district says, “Here’s why we want the money and what we will do with it” and then follows through with good results, local voters might surprise you with the degree of their support. This replacement car tax would be a perfect opportunity to start such an approach. If it specifically targeted one or two current programs and then the district did a good job with the money, that could form the base for going to the voters in the future to ask for more, targeted funds.
Why don’t we just keep the car tax? I don’t understand how the governor can do away with a tax that the state does not implement.
Suffice it to say it is unclear if prop 46 would even allow it, much less the political will of the local electorate.
“Suffice it to say it is unclear if prop 46 would even allow it, much less the political will of the local electorate.”
And therein lies the difference between a top flight school system and all the others.
BTW, can anyone post a link to the actual text of Prop 46?
(From Tulsa) This is an article that proposed changes but it was defeated in a referendum.
I never really liked or understood the motor vehicle tax. I thought it was a totally arbitrary and in efficient way to obtain revenue but be that as it may I have a question about how these proposed changes will effect the value of the grand list and how it relates to prop 46(which I support until something better comes along).
What happens to the value of the grand list when you remove motor vehicles?
On a percentage basis.. 20%…30% reduction?
Not to get into creative accounting…but do you have to remove that value or call it a value on the books for whole budget baselines just not tax on it?
Thank you for the link to the Woodstock Café article but it doesn’t contain the text of Prop 46. Do you have a link to that document?
Yes it does Diane. The two paragraphs under ”Current Ordinance”
Thank you, John. I read the article but missed that those words were the entirety of Prop 46. With all the grief it has caused, I erroneously presumed the act must have been a lengthy rope indeed to have so thoroughly hogtied the Town of Woodstock.
I am looking at the education budgets. Why are we sending all of that money to Killingly, a poor performing school system? What are we paying for? More languages?, better sports?, nice facilities?
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