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New Hartford Taxes Could Hit Westport Hard

Governor Malloy is a Fairfield County guy. But a new series of taxes and surcharges proposed by the former Stamford mayor — and under serious consideration by state officials — could hit suburban towns like Westport far more than less affluent communities, and large cities.

Among the revenue-producing proposals:

  • State taxes — in addition to property taxes levied by towns — on homes greater than 6,000 square feet, and/or with “more than two garage bays,” as well as on cars and trucks whose purchase price exceeds $29,999
  • “Excess water use” surcharges, implemented for users who surpass statewide averages (presumably for activities like lawn watering and filling swimming pools)
  • A fee, paid monthly by employers, for any “au pair, nanny, or other childcare-giver employed directly by parents or guardians within a family.”

The draft legislation “may impact some citizens more than others,” Malloy acknowledges.

But, he says, “ultimately all of us in Connecticut bear some responsibility for helping raise the revenue this state desperately needs.”

For a full list of many more proposed taxes and surcharges — most of which could disproportionately target Westporters — click here.

Westporters who own homes like these — with swimming pools and (presumably) garages with more than 2 bays — would be hit with special taxes, under a proposed plan.

Snowplow Or No Plow?

A worried “06880” reader writes:

I just got a note from my private snowplowing contractor who was told by the police department that he is not allowed on the roads to plow due to the ban set forth by the governor.

Is that right? So if the ban is not lifted until tomorrow afternoon then we will not see a plow for a long time! How does this help the state to get back on track from the storm? Have you heard of this?

I had not. But Governor Malloy’s ban — in effect now until further notice — includes all vehicles “except emergency response and recovery vehicles with the capacity to maneuver in heavy snow.”

So plows do appear banned — both private and public. On the one hand, with snow predicted to fall at the rate of several inches an hour, their initial work would be covered up quickly.

On the other hand, if they have to wait until it’s over to plow 2 feet or more, that will be pretty tough to do.

And on the 3rd hand (!), this is a long-lasting storm. So maybe it’s best that our hard-working, seldom-appreciated plow guys get some rest while they can.

This storm a few years ago was a piece of cake for Westport's plow guys. (Photo/Luke Hammerman for Inklings)

This storm a few years ago was a piece of cake for Westport’s plow guys. (Photo/Luke Hammerman for Inklings)

Westport Loves A Parade — And Our Little Leaguers

The crowd was enormous.

The vibe was adoring.

The event was special.

Thousands of Westporters jammed Main Street and Jesup Green late today. They honored the Westport Little League all-stars — home at last after their storybook run to the World Series championship game — as well as the state champion girls softball team.

It was, everyone said, the best town event they’d ever seen.

And talented photographer Kim Lake was there to snap all the action.

All ages turned out to celebrate the young athletes.

All ages turned out to celebrate the young athletes.

The softball team enjoyed their moment in the sun.

The softball team enjoyed their moment in the sun.

Politicians love a parade too. Governor Malloy, Senator Blumenthal, Congressman Himes and First Selectman Joseloff all wanted to rub shoulders with the Little Leaguers.

Politicians love a parade too. (From left) Senator Murphy, Senator Blumenthal, Congressman Himes and First Selectman Joseloff all wanted to rub shoulders with the Little Leaguers…

But in the end, it was all about the boys. (Photos by Kim Lake)

…but in the end, it was all about the boys. (Photos by Kim Lake)