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CCM thanks Appropriations and Finance Committees for actions that aid Connecticut property taxpayers

CCM thanks Appropriations and Finance Committees for actions that aid Connecticut property taxpayers

For immediate release

Kevin Maloney (203) 710-3486

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) today (Thursday, May 2) said it appreciated actions this week by the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee and Finance Committee that protected and advanced the interests of municipal governments and property taxpayers across Connecticut.

“The two committees that play the dominant and lead role in setting state budget priorities in the last weeks of the General Assembly session stepped forward and took numerous actions that will to provide greater fiscal support for towns and cities and property taxpayers in every region of Connecticut,” said Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director.

CCM backs the Appropriations Committee budget recommendation presented on Tuesday that rejected the Governor’s proposal to accelerate the reduction in ECS funding for certain towns.  This action and others by the Appropriations Committee resulted in an increase in local public education spending -- $37. 5 million next fiscal year and another $78 million in FY 21.  

Aiding local governments back to top

And the Finance Committee budget proposal, presented on Wednesday evening, endorsed numerous funding positions -- again, fully endorsed by CCM -- that will significantly aid local governments.

The Finance Committee did not act on bills exempting motor vehicles from the property tax and capping the mill rate on real property of utility companies.

The Committee advanced two local revenue-diversification proposals for municipal governments: towns and cities will be able to assess stormwater fees related to the cost of MS4 compliance, and the prepared food tax, which will be distributed at the point of sale and is part of the overall state budget proposal.

The Committee passed a three percent local sales tax on the retail sale of cannabis. It would be distributed by the State to municipalities based on the point of sale.

And last, but not least, the proposal to shift $73 million in teacher pension costs onto cities and towns -- and property taxpayers -- did not advance.  The proposal does not provide mandate relief, local control over teacher contracts, a municipal contribution cap or other adequate cost control proposals. It would be the largest unfunded state mandate in recent memory.