A legal brief has been commissioned by Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi about the governor's proposal to have municipalities pay one-third of teacher pension costs. He and other elected officials have said that idea likely violates the state constitution.
During a hearing at the state capital recently, Marconi said the proposal would mean Ridgefield owes $4.4 million to the state.
Marconi, who serves as the Vice President of the Council of Small Towns, shared the legal brief with COST. Municipal contributions are not allowed as a funding source for teacher pensions under state law. The legal brief also said that this proposal would also likely violate bond covenants.
State Treasurer Denise Nappier advised against changing the contributions in 2015.