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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.

Southington has done well to rise above the economic downturn, but challenges could be coming as the state may redice aids to towns in the wake of a growing deficit.

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.

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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.

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Paulfromlitchfield December 11, 2012 at 08:22 PM
It's time to follow Michigan's example and make Ct. a right to work state to bring manufacturing back and increase unemployment. Deny benefits to illegal aliens and to those unwilling to work.
Norm December 12, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Did anyone truly believe that the so-called union concessions and health care cost-savers were really going to help balance our budget? They were only there as window dressing to help pass a tax increase. Get ready for your taxes to go up once again!
roger mitchell December 15, 2012 at 12:54 AM
lose the train and road to nowhere.freeze state pays,eliminate 1/3 state dept. and go from there.Stop multi generational welfare and food stamp money being spent on any thing else

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