FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) — Legislation to ease the burden of property taxes on vehicles has moved closer to becoming law.
House Bill 6 (HB 6), would use value assessments for vehicle taxes based on January 2021 for 2022 and 2023. It also requires taxes to be assessed based on a vehicle’s median value instead of lower or high values going forward.
The bill passed the Senate floor Wednesday with unanimous approval.
Sen. Christian McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) spoke on behalf of the bill Wednesday, saying the changes will ensure vehicles are valued appropriately in the current environment.
In part, the legislation mirrors language from a resolution that the Senate passed last month to freeze assessments. Sen. Donald Douglas, R-Nicholasville, had sponsored that measure.
“As most of us will recall, after the administration’s finance cabinet sent a letter to property valuation administrators instructing them as to how to proceed with used car valuations this year, we began to receive a deluge of calls from angered used car owners who saw their property taxes increase dramatically due to the current fluke in availability of used vehicles,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel said Douglas’s resolution provided an appropriate response to the issue, and the governor has since acted to freeze assessments. But HB 6 will codify the intent of the legislature, he said.
Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Union, is the primary sponsor of HB 6, which advanced off the Senate floor with a 34-0 vote and now heads back to the House for concurrence. If the House agrees with the final version of the bill, it will advance to the governor.
The legislation states that taxpayers who have already paid their property tax bill for this year will automatically receive a refund, if owed, within 90 days from the effective date of the bill. It also seeks to improve appeals to property valuation administrators regarding errors in valuations.
“It is a good measure for the taxpayers of the commonwealth,” McDaniel said.