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Municipal leaders to lobby against car tax cut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Municipal officials from across Connecticut are headed to the Capitol to propose changes to Gov. Dannel Malloy's budget plan.

Mayors, first selectmen and town managers have scheduled meetings with lawmakers today.


Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is among those at the state capital.  He says Danbury would lose $11 million in revenue if the car tax proposal goes through.  His proposed budget for the coming fiscal year assumes that the idea doesn't gain approval.

Local officials are expected to ask the legislature's Finance and Appropriations committees to ``do no harm'' to municipalities, and they will highlight possible cuts in municipal aid that would result from Malloy's proposed budget.

Municipal officials and others have criticized Malloy's two-year $43.8 billion budget plan for proposing to exempt the first $20,000 of a vehicle's assessed value from the local property tax. Town and city officials worry they'd have to raise property taxes to cover the lost revenue.

Hundreds of real estate agents from around Connecticut are also expected to come to Hartford to meet with state lawmakers.

The Connecticut Association of Realtors opposes increases in the real estate conveyance tax and wants changes to the state's foreclosure regulations.

The professional trade association has expressed displeasure with Malloy's proposal to increase the municipal portion of the real estate conveyance tax to help cover the state's budget deficit.

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