April 11, 2019

HARTFORD, CT — The leader of Connecticut’s largest municipal lobby blamed the state for making it necessary to propose legislation that would allow municipalities to tax nonprofits.

“It is state policy that has pitted local governments versus nonprofits,” Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, executive director and CEO Joe DeLong told the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. “That’s why we’re here.”

The legislation, which received a public hearing Wednesday and does a number of other things including increasing the food and beverage tax to 7.35 percent, would require community nonprofits to pay a “municipal public safety and infrastructure benefit charge,” annually.

Gian-Carl Casa, president and CEO of The Alliance, a coalition of more than 300 nonprofits, called it a “tax.”

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