Gov. Dannel P. Malloy conceded Friday morning that his controversial plan to scrap an annual property tax on cars is not likely to happen this year.
Malloy told reporters at a press briefing at the state Capitol complex that he has “accepted the reality” that the tax will not be repealed during the current legislative session.
“Do I think it’s going to happen this year? No,” Malloy said. “Do I think I’ve raised the level of the discussion and that we’ll make progress on that? The answer is yes, I do.”
Malloy and other critics of the car tax say it is extremely regressive because it is based on a municipalities mill rate. “To be in Hartford and to be paying more than the effective sales tax on a car every single year you own it is terribly unfair,” the governor said. “To be in Waterbury and be paying 45 mills or other communities and be paying greater than the 45 mills is abundantly unfair. A car’s value is the same no matter where it is.”
But municipalities vigorously fought the governor’s plan, saying scrapping the car tax would drain untold millions from their budgets.