- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A proposal to cut Rhode Island’s car taxes is getting support from city mayors.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announced his support Tuesday for Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s plan to phase out municipal car taxes by reimbursing cities and towns for the lost revenue.

Elorza and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, both Democrats, testified Tuesday in favor of Mattiello’s bill at its first public hearing in the House Finance Committee.

Mattiello’s plan would cost the state $26 million in its first year, and $221 million to fully eliminate the taxes by 2023.

Elorza says it would provide immediate relief for city car owners, especially low-income families.

He says a provision exempting cars that are at least 15 years old would take 34,000 vehicles off Providence’s car tax rolls.

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