Outside the State Capitol in Hartford after snowstorms. Yehyun Kim / ctmirror.org

A bill that would eliminate the property tax on motor vehicles got a public hearing Wednesday in the Planning and Development Committee.

Senate Bill 497, opposed by several landlords who spoke at the hearing, would replace the revenue with a licensing fee for landlords and set an annual fee for each of their rental units. Landlords who spoke opposed the increase in costs and said those costs would likely result in higher rents for tenants.

Sen. MD Rahman, D-Manchester, proposed the bill and said during the public hearing that the fee would only be imposed on out-of-state landlords.


Ginny is CT Mirror's children's issues and housing reporter and a Report for America corps member. She covers a variety of topics ranging from child welfare to affordable housing and zoning. Ginny grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas' Lemke School of Journalism in 2017. She began her career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette where she covered housing, homelessness, and juvenile justice on the investigations team. Along the way Ginny was awarded a 2019 Data Fellowship through the Annenberg Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California. She moved to Connecticut in 2021.