LVT Legislation

Joshua Vincent

[Reprinted from GroundSwell, March-April 2006]

Henry George Foundation of America Executive Director Joshua Vincent of Philadelphia, PA, reports land value taxation bills are introduced in Connecticut and Maryland as follows.


The 2006 Connecticut Land Value Tax enabling bill, HB 5038, was reported out of the Planning and Development Committee March 17 on a 16-0-2 "Joint Favorable" vote. The bill is entitled, "An Act Concerning the Use of Eminent domain by Municipalities and Authorizing Municipalities to Establish Separate Rates of Taxation for Real Estate." On April 4 Josh Vincent emailed that the LVT Enabling Bill, HB 5038, is now out on both floors of the Connecticut Legislature. He says, "The fiscal notes and bill analysis are benign and correct, thanks to the Connecticut Legislative Services having a particularly competent and energetic staff led by John Rappa, investigating LVT." Section (H)(2) of the bill provides "authorizing municipalities to establish separate rates of taxation for real estate."

Opposition, Josh Vincent reports, is led by the Connecticut Business and Industrial Associations. The Connecticut Builders support HB 5038 and the Connecticut Municipalities support the split-rate provision of the bill but oppose the anti-eminent domain section.


The 2006 House Bill 1552 is sponsored by Maryland Delegate Clarence Davis of East Baltimore, who is the chair of the Finance Resources Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee. HGFA Executive Director Joshua Vincent reports that when he and Walter Rybeck previously met with Delegate Davis they learned he already knew of Henry George and Land Value Taxation through Dr. Cripps of Morgan State University, from which Mr. Davis received his Masters Degree.

Entitled "Land Value Taxation -- Local Option for Baltimore City," the synopsis of HB 1552 is: "Establishing separate classes for property tax assessment purposes for land and improvements to land; requiring that the property tax rate in Baltimore city for improvements to land be less than or equal to the rate for land; requiring the property tax rates in Baltimore City applicable to specified property to bear specified relationships to the rate for improvements to land; authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City to set a tax rate of zero for improvements to land, etc."

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