Rell to revive proposed cap on local tax increases

(AP) - Governor Rell says she'll revive her proposal to cap local property taxes below 3 percent yearly.

Rell's proposal, which was rejected this year by Democrats who control the General Assembly, would require Connecticut's 169 towns and cities to limit their annual property tax increases.

The only exceptions would occur in municipalities where residents vote in referendums to approve higher levels, or when certain emergencies make extra spending unavoidable.

Nationwide, 43 states have limits on property taxes or spending, and 29 limit property tax increases.

Rell's proposal has drawn strong reactions in the past.

Some Democratic legislators say they believe it could force some municipalities to cut services, or might compel the state to help struggling communities who need increases above 3 percent.

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