City, town leaders discuss proposed state budgetPosted: Updated:
Leaders from cities and towns across Connecticut are warning lawmakers that their communities will lose services and pay higher taxes if the budget proposed by Gov. Dannel Malloy goes through.
On Friday they brought their case to the Capitol to make their point, and Gov. Dannel Malloy fired back.
Town leaders said Malloy's budget takes money away from them and will force an increase on property taxes on homes and businesses.
Dorothy Helfrick, of East Hartford, is still shoveling out of her home a week after Blizzard Charlotte dumped 3 feet of snow across Connecticut, but she said the real pain comes when she has to pay her taxes.
"I pay almost... $7,000," she said.
Connecticut city and town leaders say property taxes could be on the way up, because of the way Malloy, a former Stamford mayor, has proposed his state budget.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities said while the governor claims he is actually giving them more money, the funds must be spent on specific education items or projects not necessarily in their budgets, and they will have to come up with general purpose funds they used to get from somewhere else.
Malloy is insisting communities have more flexibility on how they spend their funds than they are sharing, and to some degree said it's all about better accounting.
Helfrick said she isn't following the bickering, believing that all it will mean for her is more taxes.
"I, at this point, don't care," she said. "They're (going to) get (the money) somehow."
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