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Local leaders decry $50 million in mid-year state aid cuts

Mayors and First Selectmen are speaking out against $20 million in education funding cuts made by the state and $30 million in municipal aid being being cut. 

 

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, President of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, tells the Courant that this is horrible timing because reducing aid in the middle of a fiscal year means layoffs may be the only way communities can immediately deal with the loss of funding.  Boughton says he will have to tell School Superintendent Dr Sal Pascarella that he's going to have to find areas to cut that $250,000 or start laying people off.

 

CCM says the remaining $30 million cut in funding for local infrastructure "goes far beyond cuts called for in the state budget."

 

Malloy's budget office says the change is a temporary freeze on new infrastructure project authorizations, affecting only reimbursements beyond the $825 million lawmakers authorized.

 

The following chart includes education grant cuts expected for Greater Danbury area municipalities.

Municipality  $ reduction  -Percentage
Bethel $119,449 1.5%
Bridgewater $17,720 43.5%
Brookfield $126,295 8.2%
     
Danbury $250,000 0.8%
Easton $67,274 27.4%
Kent $25,631 50.0%
Monroe $134,966 2.1%
New Fairfield $95,053 2.1%
     
New Milford $176,974 1.5%
Newtown $186,185 3.7%
Redding $83,699 31.7%
Ridgefield $234,100 29.1%
Roxbury $30,851 47.9%
Sherman $34,351 42.4%
Southbury $129,892 3.6%
Washington $47,779 48.5%
Weston $118,049 30.9%
Wilton $202,441 30.4%

 

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