Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wallingford Enacts Hybrid/High Mileage Vehicle Exemption

In a much anticipated move sure to please hybrid car owners, Wallingford has recently approved a tax exemption in the amount of $5,000 for hybrid and high mileage passenger vehicles. The ordinance will be effective starting with the October 1st Grand List and will end on July 1, 2010.

For the purposes of this exemption, a hybrid vehicle must have been purchased on or after 10/01/04 and before 10/01/08; it must have an EPA mileage rating of at least 40 mpg that draws accelleration energy from two onboard sources of stored energy which are both an internal combustion or heat engine which uses combustible fuel, and a rechargeable energy storage system that is certified to meet or exceed the Tier 2 Bin 5 low emission vehicle classification. A high mileage motor vehicle must have been purchased on or after 01/01/08 and before 07/01/10 and have an EPA mileage rating of 40 mpg or higher. Motorcycles and scooters are not eligible for the exemption.

A one time application must be submitted to the town Assessor's office for every hybrid or high mileage vehicle purchased. The applicant must provide proof of ownership and purchase date documentation for each vehicle, and should also provide documentation indicating that the vehicle qualifies for the exemption. This information can be obtained from the EPA's web site,

In order to be included in the regular motor vehicle Grand List, an application must be submitted on or before 12/31/08; for the supplemental Grand list the application must be submitted within 30 days of the purchase date of the vehicle.

For more information regarding the exemption, please contact the Assessor's office at (203)294-2001.

For more information about hybrid vehicles, check out these links:

Hybrid vehicle Wikipedia entry
Hybrid Car Buying Guides
Hybrid Car Timeline

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