Updated 11:49 p.m. Wednesday to add links to Hartford Courant story, Malloy’s revised budget plan.
NORWALK, Conn. – If it’s Wednesday, that must mean Norwalk won’t see any cuts to its Education Cost sharing funding in the 2017 budget.
That’s different from Sunday, when sources said Norwalk was taking a nearly $58,000 hit to its ECS share.
Stand by – this latest good news could go south at any moment.
As part of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s latest revision to the legislature’s revision of his first budget proposal, the controversial, convoluted ECS formula has been turned on its head and kicked to the curb.
In a bid to cut $64,887,652 from the original budget passed in June 2015, Malloy has killed ECS funds to the state’s 28 most affluent districts, and trimmed allocations to others. The 30 lowest-performing municipalities – hello, Norwalk, Stamford and Danbury – will get their original share. That means Norwalk can plan – for a few days, at least – on getting $11,551,095, according to figures released Tuesday afternoon by Malloy’s office.
While that should make Norwalkers happy (or happier) about the situation, State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) let her feelings be known in a Tuesday afternoon tweet:
Darien, New Canaan and Wilton would each lose about $1.5 million, Fairfield $3.5 million, Greenwich $3.4 million, and Westport and Ridgefield $2 million each. Several Norwalk legislators might have conflicting feelings about the change. Lavielle represents parts of Norwalk, Wilton and Westport. Terrie Wood (R-141) represents Rowayton and Darien, and Fred Wilms (R-142) represents part of Norwalk and New Canaan. Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) represents Norwalk and Darien).
According to Norwalk Common Council President and Finance Committee Chairman Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large), an ECS reduction in the range of the previously planned $58,000 would not cause the city too much pain and would not have an impact on the city’s school funding.
However, while the news for Norwalk is good on the ECS front, it might not be so pleasant overall. The latest budget scheme includes the state reneging on plans to share sales tax revenue with municipalities as part of the controversial Senate Bill 1 that was debated and passed last fall.
For more on the budget story, see the following: