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Car Taxes: They're Higher in Enfield Than Somers

A new report by Connecticut Magazine underscores car tax inequities across the state.

Connecticut Magazine questions the inequity of car taxes in Connecticut towns. Credit: Patch File Photo
Connecticut Magazine questions the inequity of car taxes in Connecticut towns. Credit: Patch File Photo

If you bought a new car in 2013 you probably just realized that you're paying higher auto taxes now as a result.

What you probably don't know, if you live here in Enfield, is that one town over in Somers you could be paying lower taxes on that car.

According to a report in Connecticut Magazine a 2013 Honda Civic in Enfield has a tax bill of $336. But next door in Somers that same exact car would be taxed at $279.

That's because Enfield's tax rate, which is 27.84 mills, is higher than Somer's, which is 23.12 mills.

The magazine makes the case that such tax disparity from town to town is unfair.

"In Connecticut, it’s the community you call home—and its fiscal status—that is the overriding variable determining if you’ll have to fork over $100 or $800 in taxes for the exact same vehicle," the magazine says. "And, in a sort of double-jeopardy, motor vehicle tax bills tend to be most gentle in Connecticut’s nicer and most affluent communities and toughest in the larger, more challenged places."

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy believes the car tax is regressive and unfair and sought to eliminate it this past year for cars costing less than $28,000. But that plan drew howls of opposition from town and city leaders and never made it through the legislature.

You can view Connecticut Magazine's interactive map of the local breakdown of car taxes.

Spiff August 06, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Car taxes are collected at the local level, not by the State. Therefore, it's no skin off Dan's nose to propose doing away with it. If Dan Malloy's plan to eliminate the car tax passed, then property taxes for everyone would have gone up. This would, of course, also result in higher monthly payments for renters since the property tax increase would be passed along to them. I'm sure you didn't really think that Dan Malloy would lower your taxes. Remember, this tax and spend Democrat is responsible for the largest tax increase in State history two years ago, and he just increased the budget another 10%!

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