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“> See all stories on this subject Manchester Directors Set New Automobile Tax Rate; GOP Members Blast State Legislators’ Incompetence
MANCHESTER — — Town directors’ deliberations about the tax rate on automobiles Tuesday night turned into a discussion about what some members characterized as broken guarantees and ineptitude at the state level, and about the need for town and school leaders to plan budget plans that do not count on state aid. The board of directors had actually embraced the 2016-17 budget on April 5 with the automobile tax rate set at 32 mills, a cap mandated by state law and meant to offer vehicle owners in lots of communities a tax break. For all other property, Manchester directors raised the tax rate a little from 34.68 to 34.85 mills. A mill represents $1 for every single $1,000 of examined value, so the owner of a home assessed at the mean value of $118,300 (70 percent of fair market price) will pay about $20 more in property tax. With the car tax cap, nevertheless, numerous homeowner would have seen a total decline in taxes. Under the 32-mill rate, for example, the owner of a vehicle assessed at $12,000 on the October 2015 grand list (amount of $17,000) would have paid $384, about $32 less than the owner paid on a car assessed at the same value in the existing fiscal year. In part to compensate the town for the loss of motor vehicle tax revenue, the legislature initially assured grants completing about $3.3 million. Nevertheless, the spending plan that the General Assembly just recently approved cut help for Manchester by about $2 million and lifted the vehicle tax cap to 37 mills. General Manager Scott Shanley recommended that directors reset the motor vehicle tax rate from 32 to 34.85 mills to match the rate on all other property. The board authorized the change 7-2, with Republican members Matt Galligan and Tim Devanney voting no. When the spending plan was adopted in April, Galligan noted, Republican politician members warned of a coming “tsunami” due to chronic financial irresponsibility at the state level. Taxpayers wind up spending for state legislators’ “ineptitute,” Galligan said Tuesday, including Democratic legislat …
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