LAND VALUE TAX PILOT PROGRAM - Where is the movement in CT?
By law, municipalities must tax land and any improvements made to the land (e.g., buildings) at the same rate. The act, which went into effect October 2013 increased the maximum number of municipalities that, under an OPM pilot program, may develop a plan for taxing land at a higher rate than buildings (i.e., land value tax) from one to three.
The new criteria for municipal participation does not restrict the pilot program to a distressed city with no more than 26,000 residents and a city manager and city council form of government (i.e., New London).
The OPM secretary has establish the current application procedure.
(2) any notice of municipalities selected for the program.
The chief elected official, instead of the chief executive officer, must appoint a committee to prepare the plan. The committee must include relevant taxpayers and stakeholders.
The act adds the following people to the committee:
1.a legislative body, or, if it is a town meeting, board of selectmen;
2. a representative of the business community; and
3. a land use attorney.
The deadline by which municipalities must submit their plan to the committees has been extended through December 31, 2014.
If CT is to move forward, there is no time like the present to contact your municipal leadership and urge them to move forward. Links to local officials are listed below.
Planning for 2020 begins with your actions today. Effective change is about thoughtful creation of something NEW while preserving historical significance of each jurisdiction.