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DeStefano Seeks Creation of New Taxes
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As local officials struggle to balance municipal budgets, New Haven’s mayor is calling for legislative authority to create new taxes.  WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.

New Haven mayor John DeStefano
says its time to find ways to diversify local revenue, so homeowners aren’t continually burdened by higher taxes. His 2010 legislative agenda includes several ideas, like a 1% piggyback tax on state income and sales tax, a regional tax on hotel and motel occupancy, as well as a flat payroll tax. The city has large amounts of tax exempt property, and is receiving fewer dollars from the state.  Jessica Mayorga is New Haven’s director of communications.

"We depend on reimbursements from the state for the colleges and universities and the hospitals that we have here in New Haven and that reimbursement rate has continued to drop."

The city would need approval by the state legislature to create any new municipal or regional taxes.

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.