HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is defending his proposal to slash local property taxes on vehicles, telling municipal leaders he believes strongly about providing the tax relief to middle class and working poor taxpayers.
In a three-page letter sent Thursday to every top local mayor and first selectman - and obtained by The Associated Press - Malloy said he believes there are some misconceptions about the 2-year budget plan, including the car tax proposal.
Malloy said his car tax plan does not take money from the state aid sent to municipalities. Rather, he said the proposal only requires that the revenue currently collected from local taxpayers be done so more fairly.
Local officials complained Malloy's plan could mean property taxes on homes and businesses will rise to make up the loss.
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