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Surprise state property tax on second homes included in budget

Connecticut will impose a state property tax of 5 mills on secondary and vacation homes, according to figures from the latest budget proposal.

The state tax would be in addition to the local property tax already paid by homeowners and is expected to raise $32 million per year.

Under the heading of “Establish State Tax Property Tax on Seasonal and Recreational Homes,” the state property tax would affect those who keep a second home or vacation home in Connecticut.

 

Sen. John Fonfarra, D-Hartford, said it is estimated the tax would apply to 20,000 homes across Connecticut during a review of the revenue projections by the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

Rep. Chris Davis, R-Ellington, and ranking member of the finance committee, questioned Fonfarra on how the state would define a seasonal or recreational home.

Fonfarra could not offer any specific language but assured Davis that it would be included in the budget. Davis was concerned the law could affect real estate brokers who own multiple homes.

Davis said such a proposal was never discussed during the legislative session and is “one that needs a lot of examination depending on the definitions of things and who is truly impacted by this.”

Davis said he looks forward to debating whether or not an individual who “works hard and owns an additional home on a lake,” should be charged an extra tax.

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