Connecticut's state budget cuts reach local cities and towns
A majority of the state's towns and cities will see reduced state aid in this year's budget, but just more than half of the communities in southwestern Connecticut will actually get more money from Hartford. The numbers were finally released following passage of the state budget. Many towns, such as Fairfield, saw the cuts coming and reduced their own budget last spring. First Selectman Ken Flatto (D-Fairfield) said the town made reductions in some public works accounts, street repairs, sidewalk savings and the library budget. The town will receive nearly $800,000 less this year than last, but the town budgeted for nearly a million dollar shortfall, leaving an extra $115,000.And Westport showed a gain of about $30,000 over last year, but its total state funding is $1.6 million in a town budget that tops $130 million.
Total Grant Amounts Grants Included in the Analysis Final State Budget: FY 2003-04