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(1%) increase in sales tax in the City of New Haven and in towns and cities within the greater New Haven area in order to generate urgently needed revenue in the City of New Haven.

(PRESENTED UNDER SUSPENSION OF SECTION 24-1-A OF THE RULES OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN)

February 22, 2005

Honorable Jorge Perez

President, New Haven Board of Aldermen

City of New Haven

Dear President Perez:

I would like to submit the attached Resolution as communication to the Board urging the state General Assembly to enact legislation that will enable the implementation of a one percent increase in sales tax in the City of New Haven and its surrounding cities and towns in order to generate urgently needed revenue for the City of New Haven.

New Haven is one of the poorest cities in the State of Connecticut and its residential homeowners are over burdened by property taxes.  New Haven has a large tax-exempt base on property.  There is an exceedingly heavy burden on property owners that do pay taxes.  

There are many non profit agencies within the City of New Haven that provide vital social services to its residents.  The tax paying property owners of New Haven bear the burden of providing the same services to non-residents from neighboring cities and towns who turn, as a last resort, to the resources and agencies in the City of New Haven.  These services include but are not limited to providing for societal social ills such as poverty, drug and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and counseling, shelter for the homeless, unemployment, and the educational system.

Forty-six percent of the property in New Haven falls within tax-exempt status, and only 26.36% of non-taxable properties are in the PILOT program.

The City of New Haven is facing another fiscal crisis and will have to raise taxes again to avert disaster.  The burden of heavy taxes in New Haven will continue to force many longtime city homeowners to sell their property and move out of town.

The enactment of a one percent sales tax increase would capture revenue for New Haven from residents of neighboring town that rely on a multiple of services provided by the City of New Haven.  Revenue generated from a one-percent sales tax increase would alleviate some of the unfair burden from the desperate tax paying residents in New Haven.

Thank you for your consideration of this resolution.

Respectfully submitted.

Charles A. Blango

Alderman, 20th Ward

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