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CT 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 "Connecticut residents and businesses would be hurt badly if such investments were withdrawn."

Dr. Robin Appleby January 08, 2013 at 04:24 PM
"...Malloy has cultivated a friendly, more open relationship with Connecticut's smaller towns..." 1. Who said this ? Malloy or his spokesperson ? Could you attribute your statement to someone ? 2. "more open" than whom...Jodi Rell ? I remember when she, as Lt. Gov. made it a point to try to go to every town/city in CT. 3. Eileen...what data do you have to back up your statement ? Polls of small towns or their leadership ? 4. or is it just that things are always reported as better under Democrats and when it helps a Democrat ?
Steven DeVaux January 08, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Any cut in state aid does NOT HAVE to translate to higher property taxes. It should translate to LOWER LOCAL SPENDING and better choices of spending on. It would have higher fees charged for users of local public facilities when they use them...and they should shoulder a fairer burden, not the taxpayers. Further, it not the STATE'S job to fund businesses with taxpayer dollars. If businesses are not viable like pruning a tree they should be pruned and shed.The state should not be giving money to private industry in the state. The time has come for CHOICES in spending not INCREASES in spending.
Archie January 08, 2013 at 08:42 PM
"Who said this?" Ms McNamara, the writer of the article said it. You have a problem with her stating what she believes has happened?
Steven DeVaux January 09, 2013 at 11:06 PM
He won't cut aid. He increase town expenses by passing on the teachers pension costs like Maryland did and those contributions HUGE! He'll bill them every July 1st. It's a bill, not a tax - just like it's a fee and not a tax.

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