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Connecticut 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.

Phil Sengle December 11, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Of course reductions in educations subsidies will hit Clinton hard. Although it's nice while the money flows, depending on others has a risk. The largest risk for Clinton is potential reduction or even elimination of the school construction reimbursement. Our main hope has to be that we are "granfathered" in due to meeting some artificial deadline.
Huskyfan December 17, 2012 at 12:18 AM
This is great for a town building a new school and getting funding from the state to build it. We are already screwed for building a new school, now if like phil said we dont get "grandfathered" in then we will be in debt big time.

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