Planning and Development Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5256

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING RECEIPT BY ELECTRONIC MAIL OF MUNICIPAL TAX BILLS.

Vote Date:

3/7/2011

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/14/2011

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Planning and Development Committee, Representatives Whit Betts and Elizabeth Ritter

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill will give municipalities the opportunity to save money by allowing them to send tax statements electronically.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None expressed.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Representative Whit Betts, 78th District:

Representative Betts proposed this bill on behalf of local officials in Bristol who wish to reduce their operating expenses. “The elimination of postage, printing, paper, envelopes and other administrative costs of tax bills will result in substantial savings for towns and municipalities.” About 4,000,000 tax bills are mailed annually, the elimination of which could save towns approximately $1,600,000 in postage alone. The software for mailing tax bills is already in existence and its utilization has had favorable results in Massachusetts and by the IRS.

Bart Russell, Executive Director, Connecticut Council of Small Towns:

Allowing towns to send tax bills electronically would improve the efficiency of the process and save taxpayers' money.

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities:

This bill would help municipalities to function more efficiently. Allowing towns to send tax statements electronically is a “common sense, cost-saving proposal”.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed.

Reported by: Emily Seaman

Date: 3/18/11