• Petitioned City of New Haven Mayor & Board of Alderman

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City of New Haven Mayor & Board of Alderman

Implement a "homesteading" tax exemption

    1. Concerned Citizens of New Haven
    2. Petition by

      Concerned Citizens of New Haven

      New Haven, CT

As a resident who is concerned about the future of the City of New Haven, I am calling on the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen to petition the state of CT for enabling legislation to allow for homesteading tax exemptions for personal real estate within the city. The Homestead exemption would provide a tax break for owner occupied properties.
A homestead exemption would create beneficial incentives within the city and its real estate market. Most directly, it would financially encourage people to own property and live in all neighborhoods of the city. Clearly, a city with its housing stock filled by people who are vested in the success of the city is a win-win situation.
In addition, a homestead exemption would begin to correct a negative incentive that has crept into our system. Currently, property owners who repair and remodel their property are penalized with an increased assessment during the next revaluation. Conversely, a landlord who only does enough to keep his property legal while allowing it to become an eyesore in the neighborhood will see his assessment and portion of the city’s tax burden decrease.
Developing a homestead tax exemption would both solve the current problems and provide incentives for the stakeholders to make the city a better place to live in the future.

Recent signatures


    1. Homestead Exemption & Phase in Update

      Concerned Citizens of New Haven
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for signing the New Haven Homestead Exemption petition. Due to strong community input, the Mayor has requested a phase in of the increases over 5 years for homeowners. However, we’re not quite across the finish line yet. The phase-in requires support of the New Haven Board of Alderman as well as state enabling legislation in Hartford. To ensure the phase-in is implemented, please contact your city Alderman and/or State Representatives and let them know how you feel about this issue.

    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Thomasine Shaw NEW HAVEN, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing because I am witnessing my neighborhood evolving from being primarily an owner occupied neighborhood to one that is becoming a neighborhood of absentee landlord dwellings. Landscaping is eroding into dirt mounds; traffic and human noise is increasing; dogs are barking all hours of the night; and the litter and disregard for other peoples' property is astounding. I won't even get into the increase in crime.

      Once they've succeeded in tearing down a neighborhood, these people move on. What's left are homeowners to dispair over the American dream that's turned into a nightmare.

      • over 2 years ago

      my mother is a homeowner in Fair Haven Heights, and she is at risk of losing her home because of back taxes. This would allow her a place to live, that she's been paying on for 30 years.

    • Anne Healey NEW HAVEN, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Excellent suggestion!

    • Michael Lloyd WATERVILLE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      We have owned a large historic home in New Haven for twelve years. During that time we have poured lot of money into this home to save it from falling into dis-repair. To allow us to it money into the home, we MUST rent part of it out. We used to NEVER have problems renting out this space. As New Haven has continued in decline over the last several years ( it is absolutely in decline), it has become harder and harder to rent out the space. No one wants to rent in New Haven anymore. This is the reality. We will have a harder and harder time renting and if we try to sell, we lose big time. If people like us cannot afford to stay in these large houses, they fall apart New haven loses even more of a tax base because we have to move out. Please help us bring New Haven back by giving us a tax exemption so we want to stay.

    • fred urbasik NEW HAVEN, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      agree, long over do.


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