The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, an advocacy group on behalf of cities and towns, says Bridgeport is slated to lose nearly $1 million in state funding for the budget year that begins July 1 if Governor Dannel Malloy’s Plan B is implemented following a dramatic rejection of proposed union concessions by state workers. The General Assembly is meeting today in special session to take up Malloy’s proposed cuts.
Malloy has said his cuts will not mess with education funding this budget year (wait until next year!) with municipal budget years set to start July 1. The cuts to municipalities would come in the form of Town Aid Road grants, payments in lieu of taxes for state property, and colleges and hospital reimbursements. CCM calculates the cut to Bridgeport at $907,069 and could be higher. CCM sent this letter to legislators urging rejection of Malloy’s cuts.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities urges you to reject (1) the over $54 million in municipal aid cuts proposed by the Governor in each year of the biennium, and (2) the proposed elimination of the municipal‐aid exemption from existing or enhanced gubernatorial rescission authority.
Virtually every town and city has adopted their FY12 budget, set a tax rate, and sent tax bills out in the mail. Hometown CT relied on the municipal aid in the Adopted State Budget.
See the attached for some of the town‐by‐town impacts of the proposed municipal aid cuts. Please note that the town‐by‐town impacts of about $30 million in proposed cuts were not provided.
The proposed cuts include a 50% cut in Town Aid Road grants (‐$15 million) and 5% cuts in PILOT State Property and in PILOT Colleges and Hospital reimbursements (‐$9.4 million). The proposed TAR cut comes on the heels of one of CT’s worst winters that decimated town snow‐removal budgets. The PILOT cuts would hurt our poorest cities and towns that host state‐mandated tax exempt property. Such property benefits regions and the state as a whole but the host communities take the tax loss hit. The cut list goes on to include elimination of Interdistrict (Non‐Sheff) Cooperation funding (‐$7.2 million), elimination of After School Programs (‐$4.5 million), Priority School Districts (‐$4 million), as well as cuts to Charter Schools (‐$1.8 million), and elimination of funding for Tourism Districts (‐$1.7 million), etc.
CCM urges you to protect the towns and cities and the residential and business property taxpayers in your legislative district. Reject these proposed cuts in municipal aid and protect the municipal aid exemption from gubernatorial rescission authority.
A full list of cuts to municipalities here.