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Parliamentarians end special session with adoption of a law on vehicle tax and discussion on water supply companies

Parliamentarians end special session with adoption of a law on vehicle tax and discussion on water supply companies
Parliamentarians end special session with adoption of a law on vehicle tax and discussion on water supply companies

HARTFORD, Connecticut (WTNH) – It’s been a busy few days at the Capitol.

Lawmakers have passed an omnibus bill that makes several changes to state law, including how your vehicle tax is calculated and possibly which company supplies you with water.


All of this happened very quickly in a two-day special session at the Capitol. Some say it happened too quickly – the leadership rushed the process and made mistakes along the way.

A large part of the debate revolved around vehicle tax.

For many people, tax bills increased during the pandemic even as their cars got older. This is because car tax is based on the Blue Book value of the car.

Due to supply chain problems, used cars have increased in value in recent years.

Lawmakers have voted to change this so that the price is now calculated starting with the manufacturer’s price and a steady depreciation occurs from there.

These taxes will be more predictable, but some Republicans call this a tax increase.

In case you found this confusing, they also addressed the question of whether the regional water authority could be allowed to submit a bid for the Aquarion Water Company.

“Some people believe a quasi-public utility is better because there are no shareholders to answer to. That helps lower rates – and provides better local accountability,” said House Speaker and state Rep. Matt Ritter (D).

“That’s what the RWA offers its communities. It offers local control as opposed to some bureaucracy in Hartford telling them how to run their water company,” said Republican Rep. Vincent Candelora, the minority leader.

They say they wanted to stop a hedge fund from buying up a large local water utility.

There were opponents of the special session in both parties who believe that the leadership rushed this process, which makes no sense for the water companies.

One item not on the agenda was a change in government rules that would mean the family of a police officer killed in the line of duty last month would not receive a pension.

Democratic leaders said the agenda for this special session could not be changed in time to address this issue.

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