NEW HAVEN SET TO FREEZE PHASE-IN AND KEEP TAX BILLS CONSTANT
(5/12/2009) NEW HAVEN- SB 997, An Act Concerning A Municipal Option to Delay Revaluations, passed the House today with overwhelming support of 125 to 10. This action occurs six days after the legislation was passed in the Senate with strong support of 31 to 3. The House will immediately transmit this legislation to the Governor for her signature. The bill allows municipalities that, under current law, revalued or must revalue real property in the 2008, 2009, or 2010 assessment year to delay revaluation to the 2011 assessment year. Municipalities phasing-in assessment increases from earlier revaluations and scheduled to implement a phase-in step for the 2008 assessment year may likewise suspend the phase-ins for up to two years until 2011.
In New Haven, with the Mayor’s budget proposing a freeze in the mill rate along with a freeze in the phase-in, this translates to no increases in residential tax bills. Property tax bills in the City will therefore remain at the exact same charges as last year’s. New Haven played a prominent roll in leading 59 other cities and towns to this opportunity to freeze the phase-in and provide relief for many of Connecticut’s struggling families.
“Raising property taxes now would be like pouring gasoline on a fire,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. who called for this action when he unveiled his FY 09-10 budget in February. “Stopping the reval, freezing senior citizen taxes and holding the mill rate flat is the right thing to do for our struggling families and businesses.”
DeStefano also praised legislators for their hard work in crafting and passing this legislation. “I’d like to particularly acknowledge the leadership and efforts of the New Haven Delegation: Senators Toni Harp and Martin Looney and Representatives Patricia Dillon, Toni Edmonds-Walker, Gary Holder-Winfield, Juan Candelaria, Cameron Staples and Robert Megna,” said DeStefano. “I also thank Senator Donald Williams, President of the Senate and Representative Chris Donovan, Speaker of the House for their support.”
Before New Haven can implement this freeze, the New Haven Board of Aldermen will need to approve. The existing statutory five-year revaluation or phase-in schedule for any town that adopts a two-year delay must resume after the delay at the point where the delay started.
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