Members of the Northwest Hills Council of Elected Officials say there were caught off guard by the $50 million in state aid to municipalities cut by the Malloy administration on Thursday. Now the fear it is a portend of even tougher times down the road.
Litchfield First Selectman Leo Paul told the Republican-American newspaper the governor’s plan “makes me question the state’s ability to manage its budget. What’s they’re doing is shifting the burden onto the municipalities and forcing us to raise taxes.”
Litchfield lost $58,546 in the Education Cost Sharing grant in the governor’s reduction.
The 21 municipalities who make up the council were caught off guard by the budget cuts, which were announced after their meeting on Thursday.