The proposal, which spurred the chief executives who sit on the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments to propose drafting a letter against it because it could potentially cost communities statewide some $34 million in property tax revenue, was rejected Monday by the Transportation Committee.
According to the Republican-American, the committee removed the proposal from House Bill 5055, which mainly addresses wait times at DMV offices. Removing the provision means that tax delinquents will continue to be unable to get a vehicle registered until they pay up.
Why the objection? Take Waterbury as an example. The city estimated it would lose $12 million a year in back tax collections.
The revised bill was unanimously voted out of committee and sent to the House for further action.