CCM Statement Regarding Last-Minute $20 Million Cut to Towns and Cities
“The Governor’s last-minute $20 million cut to towns and cities comes when towns have less than 30 days before the beginning of the new fiscal year,” said Joe Delong, CCM’s Executive Director.
“The vast majority of towns and cities have already set their municipal budget for FY 2016-17, so this cut – which is unspecified at this point regarding the amount town by town and from which state grant -- will especially force local governments to freeze or curtail spending for critical services during the new fiscal year and/or further drain municipal fund balances, which in distressed communities are already dangerously low."
Municipal Opportunities for Regional Efficiencies back to top
The $20 million cut is supposed to be tied to Municipal Opportunities for Regional Efficiencies (MORE)-related mandates or regional efficiencies savings.
However, the budget contains no significant mandates relief or regional efficiencies savings. The $20 million cut is the latest (and greater) cost shift, from the State to towns and cities. Just last week, the CT Medical Examiner notified towns that they would now have to assume responsibility for “unclaimed” deceased persons who expire in their community.
CCM urges the Governor to ensure that meaningful mandates reform is enacted to offset the eleventh-hour $20 million cut that will make our communities even more reliant on property taxes.