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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.

Lori Fogler Nicholson December 07, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I had told readers in a shoreline letter to the editor that the legislature passed a bill in a special session back in June which altered the timing of the OFA report which tells us our fiscal condition. The law was changed so the report which was normally due on October 15th was changed to November 10th which as you might note is after the election. It was done in a special session without the ususal media influence and interaction and signed by the Governor. The bill should have been a red flag of what was to come...especially because it was put in a massive bill with hundreds of other measures. I tried to raise the alarm and assumed correctly that the very need to alter the statute spelled trouble and that citzens in my opinion were deliberately kept in the dark by the majority that voted yes for the bill and sadly I'm not surprised by our current situation.
Richard Poulton December 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Let's see, again who runs the state legislature? Anyone know how a petition is started for a re-call vote like some states have? Just finished reading a story of the states with the highest debts. They listed the top 10 but for the sake of time will show the top 5 states and their respective debts. #5: ILL $271.1 million #4: NJ $282.3 Million #3: TX $286.9 million #2: NY $300 million and the state with the largest reported debt is CA coming in at $617.6 million dollars. So how could a tiny little state like CT be on the verge of a billion dollar short fall. Is there a name game or a word game going on?
Sean Sculley December 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Our politicians are shameless, incompetent and utterly corrupt. Their citizenship should be abrogated and then the lot of them deported to Cuba.
Tim R December 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Gee and who elected them?
Heywood Jablome December 14, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Take a look not just at Connecticut, but any of the other states that are in a budget crisis and you will see one common thread - solidly Democrat legislatures. When will the voters learn?

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