Believe it or not, it's already been one year since the state allowed cities and towns to collect the first auto excise tax on vehicles valued under $6,000. For the past year, municipalities have been permitted to tax all but the first $500 in value in order to fill the gap left by the cuts made by the General Assembly.
We'd like to hear your opinions on the following issues:
The first question is, do you think it's fair that every city and town gets to set the rate for its own individual municipality or do you think it should be the same across the board? For example, if you lived in Tiverton, you would pay $19.14 per thousand, with the first $6,000 in value exempt, as opposed to living in Coventry where you pay $18.75 per thousand, with the first $500 exempt.
The second question goes out to renters. With the auto taxes being different from municipality to municipality, is this something you would think about before signing a new lease? Do you think this makes Coventry a less desirable choice for renting or is this something you don't think about at all?
The third question asks if your 2011 tax bill differed greatly from previous years. Were you taxed on vehicles you weren't taxed on before?