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Brookfield leader says state proposals tie their hands when crafting local budgets

Not a lot municipal leaders are in favor of Governor Malloy's proposed changes to the school funding formula sending more money to poorer towns.  The idea of having municipalities pay a third of teacher pension costs is also opposed by some mayors and first selectmen. 


Brookfield First Selectman Steve Dunn says the plans, as currently proposed, are untenable for a town like Brookfield.  If the suggestions go through, it represents 5.6-percent of the overall budget.  The state has mandated that the budget can't be increased by more than 2.5-percent. 


Dunn says the increase, coupled with the cap is a big problem.  He hopes the legislature comes up with a reasonable plan at a level that makes sense. 


Dunn says to lay the cost on the towns at one swoop while still tying their hands behind their backs on managing the process is not a good plan.

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