City leaders this week agreed to boot the vehicles of property tax scofflaws wherever they’re found, including private driveways anywhere in Bristol.
The move by the City Council allows a private contractor to search for the vehicles of owners who haven’t paid their taxes and to boot them anywhere they’re found.
To get the boots removed requires paying the back taxes and at least $175 to remove the device so the vehicles can be driven.
Teresa Babon, the city’s tax collector, said the initial policy, which precluded searching residential areas for scofflaws, wasn’t fair.
“It should not matter where you live,” she said, because everyone should pay or face the same consequences.
Only one city councilor opposed the program’s extension into residential sections of town, Democrat Kate Matthews.
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