The tax rate for motor vehicles in Hartford will climb to 39 mills next month, up from 32 – a change prompted by the most recent state budget.
Lawmakers facing a fiscal crunch this year are allowing cities and towns to raise car taxes to help offset a drop in municipal aid. Without the increase, city leaders say Hartford would lose out on about $2.7 million.
Residents will see the adjustment in their December tax bills.
“No one’s thrilled about it because we understand the motor vehicle tax is a difficult one,” House Majority Leader Matthew Ritter, a Hartford resident, said recently. “We wish there was no car tax, but towns do rely on that revenue and so you have to find...