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Connecticut Conference of Municipalities to State: Don't Cut Aid to Towns

The main lobbying group for cities and towns tells the governor and legislature that municipalities must not have their state aid cut.

Any cuts in state aid to cities or towns will result in higher local property taxes, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is warning.

CCM, the main lobbying group for towns and cities in Connecticut, is urging Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly to "protect the revitalized State-Local Partnership that has developed over the last two years" in the state's current fiscal crisis and not slash state aid to towns and cities.

"Despite the fiscal challenges facing the state, let’s not turn back the clock by balancing the state budget on the backs of municipalities and local property taxpayers. At a minimum, maintain — at current levels — revenue sharing and funding to municipalities during the next biennium. Healthy towns and cities are the foundation of a more prosperous and competitive Connecticut," the group said in a statement released Monday.

The state is facing a $1.2 billion budget deficit as of the start of the next fiscal year on July 1, even though Malloy and the budget reached a budget-cutting deal in December that cut nearly $500 million from current spending. That budget reduction largely left local aid intact.

But with the new legislative session starting Wednesday and the need for more cuts rising, local communities are growing wary that the state will reduce aid to them.

A former mayor, Malloy has cultivated a friendly, more open relationship with Connecticut's smaller towns since taking office two years ago. The state's fiscal problems, however, now threaten those ties.

At a time when Malloy is under pressure to find ways to reduce the state budget, CCM wants to remind the governor of his promises to local communities when he took office.

"The state has made considerable efforts over the past two years to help municipalities stay afloat during the most challenging fiscal time since the Great Depression," CCM said. "Connecticut residents and businesses would be hurt badly if such investments were withdrawn."

Spiff January 08, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Well, if the voters in CT would have elected a Governor that actually has a clue about financial management, maybe we wouldn't be in this mess to begin with! Or, if Dan Malloy would have lived up to his campaign promise of converting to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, then maybe that could have helped to keep us out of this mess! But, alas, we do live in CT where even the worst of candidates are elected as long as they have a D next to their name. BTW, even if aid to towns is cut, it isn't likely to be cut for Enfield. Remember that one of David Kiner's re-election platforms this past Fall was that his 'leadership' provided "property tax relief" at the local level. So, I'm certain that he will live up to his campaign rhetoric and make sure that the town of Enfield continues to receive state aid and does not have to raise property taxes. Right David? We'll be watching closely!
Jane January 09, 2013 at 06:47 PM
My town leaders will raise property taxes gladly! Spend, spend, and more spend are their middle names.
GregoryRobertSamuels January 09, 2013 at 10:12 PM
We need to start with stopping the School Building Project...
Jane January 10, 2013 at 04:02 AM
If only we could. But we don't seem to have any power.
IRTURONG January 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM
ah yes,property taxes but at least we are going to have a busway to no where

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