The Durham Board of Selectmen set a public hearing on the ordinance change for next month, said First Selectman Laura Francis, who said she is committed to have a public hearing any time an ordinance change is proposed.
The purpose of the ordinance is so cars that are outfitted for transporting a person with disabilities — like a van with modified doors so to accommodate a wheelchair — would not be subjected to the annual municipal car tax.
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The idea stems from state legislation passed in the mid-1990s enabling this type of exemption.
"The Town of Durham actually did draft up some language (on a new law for the town) but it did not go anywhere," Francis said.
She said that changed when the town got a request from a resident and the language, which was still in a draft stage in the assessor's office, was reviewed again.