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RI lawmakers to consider changes to car tax

January 18, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island lawmakers are set to review a proposal to change the way motor vehicle taxes are calculated in the face of widespread complaints from residents that they are paying too much.

A House committee plans to review legislation on Wednesday that would base used car taxes on average trade-in prices instead of the typically higher "clean retail value" now used.

The bill would also give car owners more time to appeal their assessment.

Democratic Rep. Joseph McNamara of Warwick is the bill's sponsor. He says he wants to bring "fairness, accuracy and truth" to the vehicle valuation process.

Many communities cut the car-tax exemption to the state-mandated minimum of $500 after lawmakers voted to lower the reimbursement to municipalities to that amount.

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