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Monday, August 29, 2016

Towns Will Craft Their Own Plan to Regionalize, Ease Local Tax Burden

By Keith M.Phaneuf

As state officials increase their warnings that municipal aid may be curtailed in the coming years, Connecticut’s cities and towns will craft their own plan to regionalize services and make local government more efficient.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities announced today the formation of a new “state-local partnership panel” to find ways to ease burdens on property taxpayers, diversify local options to raise revenue and deliver services regionally.

The panel, which will feature mayors, first selectmen and town managers — including leaders from some of Connecticut’s largest cities — will deliver a blueprint to legislators in December.

“We are seeking to develop a legislative action plan that can be implemented by the 2017 General Assembly and designed to change the course of events in Connecticut towns and cities” starting next July, said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who is CCM president and chairman of the study group.

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This could become a plan that Westporters might not like.  How would we feel to have regional schools?  That could happen. 

I reveiwed the lost of town and mayor participants and I find not one Selectman from Fairfield County.  Stamford, of course is represented.  Manyy form Hartford and New Hven County.

Connecticut is in financial crisis and it will get much worse next year.  Projections are for a deficit over $1 Billion again.  Those towns and cities that will not get state aid will look to get help from thsoe towns that are financilly sound.  WESTPORT!!

And no thank you Jonathan Sternberg—your vote to raise taxes TWICE and not ‘fix’ the budget and the states pensions plans is now coming back to potentially hurt Westport even more.

Watch this closely.

Posted by Bart Shuldman on August 30, 2016 at 09:22 AM | #