Wednesday, June 11, 2008

State House Candidate David Aron Voices Opposition to the Conveyance Tax

Photo by Sharon Bass

Thought I'd share this press release that was posted on Hamden Daily News:
Hamden, CT – June 10, 2008 – There is an old adage that the closest thing to eternal life is a temporary government program. On June 11, 2008, the Democrat controlled State Legislature will convene in special session to extend the life of the “temporary” state and municipal conveyance tax that was instituted in 2003. The original tax was scheduled to sunset on July 1, 2004, but has been extended and increased several times since its inception, with some portions of the tax having been made permanent.

David Aron, who is running as the Republican Candidate for the 91st House District, has challenged his opponent, State Representative Peter Villano, and the Democrats in the Connecticut State Legislature to oppose the proposed extension of the current conveyance tax rates during this special session, and then work to eliminate the tax altogether.

“As a State Representative, I would oppose any extension of the conveyance tax,” said Aron, “The Legislature promised us that this tax would be temporary and we should hold them to that promise. This is a tax that punishes the hard work of our neighbors to improve their properties and to make our community a great place to live. The conveyance tax also stands in the way of growth by penalizing new residents, which actually hurts the Town of Hamden in the long run.”

By contrast, State Representative Peter Villano has voted at least six times since 2003 to extend and increase the conveyance tax, and to make certain components of the tax permanent, both as a state legislator and as a member of House Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee (HB5885, 3/27/08; HB8001, 6/23/07; HB6841, 4/18/05 and 6/8/05; HB5692 and Amendment E LCO#4720, 4/30/04). Villano has a consistent record of voting with the Democrats in favor of extending and increasing the conveyance tax, even while residents of Hamden are taxed at the highest rates.

As a result of the conveyance tax extensions, many towns have become dependent on the tax to fund their annual budgets. Currently, the Town of Hamden projects $1 million in conveyance tax revenue for the 2008-2009 Budget. Even though portions of the tax are scheduled to expire July 1, 2008, Hamden and other towns across the state have included revenues from the conveyance tax in their budget at the current rate.

“The negligence of our State Legislature and of the Democrats has put Hamden in an unpleasant and difficult situation,” said Aron. He proposes that the conveyance tax be phased out over a two-year period, in order to minimize the impact to Hamden and other towns. “We need to eliminate the conveyance tax in a way that is fair to both our towns and to our residents, and as a State Representative I will hold the Legislature to its promises.”
Bravo for David Aron.
This tax needs to be phased out.