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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 budget problems, raising concerns that the deficit - now projected to balloon to more than $1 billion next year - could bring cuts in town aid that the state gives 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 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.

Harry December 09, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Gees, I wonder who might have brought this up before voting on the 60 million dollar high school referendum. So now how much does property taxes go up? Sure, call the tax assessors office and ask, they answer, they have NO IDEA. No worries right - One more year and ba bye CT.. And for those happy that I'm leaving, just remember, I take my tax dollars with me, and aprox 4000 people a month are doing the same... Who oh who will be left for fund your idiocy er ah er ah umm err Malloy? The problem with Socialism is, you run out of other peoples money eventually. Even with corrupt votes, scare tactics etc, you can't do anything about those who vote with their feet ( moving vans )
Money December 11, 2012 at 09:58 PM
There must be a lot of money from all the water bottles that go unrefunded because "product not sold at this store." Even when you go to the state run facilities, they reject some. Hey, isn't that MY deposit money you're not returning, Connecticut? And you're crying for more? I'm calling BS on that

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