CTNJ: Municipal Leaders Try To Write Their Own Destiny

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. — In anticipation of what Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has telegraphed will likely be reductions in state funding for municipalities, local elected leaders came up with their own proposals to increase taxes and reduce unfunded state mandates.

Gathered at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center in Wethersfield Wednesday, local elected officials from all over the state of Connecticut insisted that if the governor and lawmakers were willing to implement even part of what they were proposing then there’s less reason for them to increase property taxes.

“We’re not just asking for help, but we’re putting a proposal out there some positive ideas that are credible,” Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said.

He said for years the state has talked about the burden of the property tax—the only tax municipalities can levy—but unless the state “takes its little handcuffs off us a little bit with some of these opportunities it’s going to continue to be the burden.”

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