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CT Budget Crisis Could 'Devastate' Towns

Town leaders at a meeting this week said they're worried the deepening budget problems, which include a growing deficit that is expected to balloon to more than $1 billion next year, will mean cuts in town aid.

Town leaders are beginning to fret about Connecticut's growing budget problems, raising concerns that the growing deficit — now projected to balloon to more than $1 billion next year _ could mean reductions in town aid that the state makes each year to Connecticut's 169 towns.

In a meeting Thursday of the Housatonic Valley Council of towns, municipal leaders learned that the measures being considered by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to balance the budget could bring steep cuts in state municipal aid, according to the News Times of Danbury.

Most towns in Connecticut each get tens of millions in education and road funds from the state each year and town leaders for years have complained that cutbacks in that aid have already strained local budgets and have forced higher local property taxes. Any additional cuts would be devastating to local communities and could result in layoffs in local school systems, the News Times quoted local leaders as saying.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has already cut $170 million in spending in late November, which is the maximum allowed by a governor without legislative approval. 

Steven DeVaux December 07, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Translated? We're going to make our (legislature's spending) problem your (property taxes) problem WITHOUT RAISING STATE TAXES. Oh your local taxes are going to skyrocket to pay for bike paths, artificial turf fields, beachs and beach houses but THE STATE won't be doing the raising. That heavy lifting will fall out of INCOME TAXES which VARY to PROPERTY TAXES that are captive and do not.
Steven DeVaux December 07, 2012 at 09:54 PM
If they transfer the teachers and school administrators pension funding to the town and not the state the deficit goes away without raising STATE TAXES and having towns increase PROPERTY TAXES. Pure genius. Keeping the promise and not solving the problem, the Democratic Party way.
OvertaxedOne December 11, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Imagine that, another discovery that tax increases without sufficient spending reductions have resulted in a budget shortfall. How many times do we have to reply this movie with the same ending ? Most economists knew that these would be difficult years ahead. But of course the democrats, fueled by Obamamaina saw nothing but blue skies ahead. Time to reorganize and reinvent government so that expenses are brought into the 21st century based on a new way of looking at the responsibilities to government employees and CITIZENS who pay and carry the tax burden. This may entail a break from union pensions, work rules, right to work status and what and how we provide a safety net to those who are able to work and choose not to work. Look around. More and more the grip of municipal unions, their exorbitant benefits and the burden they place on the taxpayers, is being eroded. Time to CUT spending and save for a raining day.
Steven DeVaux December 12, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Connecticut needs to become a Right-To-Work State to remain competitive.
Better in Brookfield? December 12, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Yeah, it's the unions that are the problem.
Andrew Turkenkopf December 12, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Right to Work is just a way to sell union busting, It is a misnomer put forth by robber barons.
Andrew Turkenkopf December 12, 2012 at 03:21 AM
W/O unions, corporations take even greater advantage of workers and the workforce. The creation of a strong Unions is one of the best things that ever happened to America. The busting of said unions, and actions in the same ilk - some of the worst things that have happened
Steven DeVaux December 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Right to work simply says that the taxpayers (town government) do not have to enforce the collection of union dues. Why should they? If the unions are such a great deal union members should be throwing money at the union and union officials and the union won't miss a beat or a strong arm collection. Who's job of collection is it anyway? Next are the banks going to demand that the town's collect their mortgage payments for them and forward them to the banks?
Steven DeVaux December 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM
If they think 2013 is going to be bad, wait until they see 2014!

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