A portion of the newly approved two year $40 billion state budget cuts funding to the resident state trooper program. The original proposal was to shift the burden on to the towns in an effort to save $4.6 million a year.
This current fiscal year, the state is funding 30-percent of the cost for resident state troopers. The new budget will only provide 15-percent of the funding and for up to two troopers.
56 municipalities in the state have resident state troopers as their police force, including several in the Greater Danbury area. Those towns include New Fairfield, Sherman, Kent, Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington among others.