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New Fairfield officials support bill to lower cost of resident trooper program

A bill to reduce the amount of money that towns must reimburse the state for the cost of resident state troopers for overtime and fringe benefits is being co-sponsored by State Senator Mike McLachlan. 


New Fairfield First Selectman Susan Chapman submitted testimony to the legislature's Public Safety Committee in favor of the bill, which calls for the reimbursement for overtime and fringe benefits to be reduced from 100-percent to 70-percent.  McLachlan says the proposal aims to help towns, like New Fairfield, make sure that their costs are manageable. 


He said the bill will also enhance public safety by helping prevent towns from being forced to reduce their number of resident troopers.