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4C’s Legislative Alert No. 1 – Bill Introduced to Increase Maximum Property Tax Assessment from $500 to $1000 and the minimum age of an antique car from 20 to 30 years.

On Friday, February 10, 2017 the 4C’s was provided with Governor’s Bill No. 7050, “An Act Concerning Enhancements to Municipal Finance and Accountability” introduced by Representatives Aresimowicz and Ritter, and Senators Looney and Duff has been referred to the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee. The 88 page bill is attached. This bill contains two provisions adverse to the antique auto hobby.

Section 42 on page 83 of the attached bill proposes to increase the maximum property tax assessment on any antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle from $500 to $1000. Section 43 starting on the bottom of page 83 proposes to raise the age requirement of an antique rare or special interest motor vehicle from 20 years old or older to 30 years old or older. This section does allow for vehicles between 20 and 30 years old that have “Classic Vehicle” or “Early American” License Plates issued before October 1, 2017 to continue to use those plates. So the owners of these vehicles will not have to go back to DMV and re-register their vehicles with regular passenger car plates.

If these provisions are adopted, the maximum property tax assessment on an antique car greater than 30 years old will double from $500 to $1000. For a current antique, rare or special interest vehicle between 20 and 30 years old the property tax assessed value will increase from $500 to the fair market value. As an example, a 1992 Mustang GT Convertible currently assessed at $500 would be assessed at approximately $5000 (the NADA Average Retail Value of the vehicle)

While these changes are not catastrophic to the antique auto hobby in the state, they are adverse to the hobby. The 4C’s Board of Directors is currently discussing this bill and we will be issuing a Legislative Update with our recommended actions shortly.

-- The Bill in full here



Signs of Our Times

There are quite a few great British signs out there. Here are a couple:

Charity Highlight

Waterford Country School

Each year the CT MG Club makes donations to the Waterford Country School at Christmas time. This year Bob Howard delivered the donations after the club's Christmas party. Bob wrote

"And when I got there, drove to a couple of wrong buildings and met a couple of students, then got to the right building and met the staff, I realized what terrible straits these children are in, social, emotional, learning issues …, plus how caring the staffers are. It certainly changed my perspective, and that of my wife too, retired from Kindergarten teaching and familiar with children.
 It is my hope that we continue to bring gifts to these children, gladly, realizing that they have needs we can but imagine."

Waterford Country School is very fortunate to be one of the first agencies in the country to experience Cornell University’s new Children and Residential Experiences (CARE) Program. CARE is a “best practice” model that creates conditions for change for youth in congregate care. They have been involved with Cornell since they adopted the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) Program in 1994. TCI is a comprehensive program designed to guide staff in their working with youth during a crisis. 100% of their direct care, clinical, education and administrative staff are trained in this model.



Updates to the Website

  • Classified have been updated and listed by year 2/21/17
  • Sponsor's Spotlight updated to Charity Spotlight 2/28/17
  • New Signs of Our Times images added 2/21/17
  • Updated For the Good of the Order:
  • Updated About page and Hartford group meeting date on 3rd Tuesday at Bar Louie in West Hartford
  • January Tech Sessions Added to Tech Sessions page




For the Good of the Order

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Your Car?

This is a nice article on the costs and fees involved with shipping cars to and from your home.