3 responses to “Don’t like the car tax? Blame the RI Vehicle Value Commission”

  1. Deforest

    from the 14th Amendment to the Constitution: “… nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, OR PROPERTY, WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    I’m not a civil rights lawyer, but wouldn’t imposing a tax with no meaningful appeals process be depriving a person of property without due process of law? Maybe the ACLU needs to find a good plaintiff or two to file this cause in court if the commission refuses to do anything.

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  2. Barry Schiller

    As usual, its not so simple. If the Commission could lower taxes for some cars of a certain model but not others, it would open the door to the who-you-know system of getting benefits. At least the current system treats all the owners of a certain model the same. But I agree there ought to be an appeal process as thre is for real estate taxes.
    I don’t agree car taxes are “regressive’ -they are one of the few taxes on wealth – those with expensive cars or with many cars who contribute the most to pollution and congestion pay more. Those with one old car or, no cars, often because they cannot afford one, about 22% of Providence households, about 10% statewide, pay very little or nothing at all. I don’t see what is wrong with that.
    The underlying issue is that motorists resist all ways – gas tax increases, tolls, parking fees etc of paying for the facilities they wan t to use and their upkeep. Since the majority drive, it is understandable that politicians cannot help but pander to this desire even though it contributes to ruining our cities and countryside, our climate, to so many deaths on the highway, and so much time wasted in traffic.

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  3. M. Miner

    The issue is not that “motorists resist all ways” of paying. We would just like to know what we are paying for, seeing as our roads and bridges are literally crumbling constantly. Drivers are taxed and tolled to death here, and where does the money go? I’ve lived in ten states; never seen anything like it.

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