When Gov. Malloy caught municipalities off guard with his Friday afternoon dump, Enfield’s town manager was among the first to suggest residents in that town can expect a hike in their property taxes.
In a Friday afternoon dump, the governor, empowered by the legislature to pick where he wanted to make cuts in the new budget, threw off the equilibrium of many towns, when some learned they would be cut hundreds of thousands of dollars. In Enfield’s case, it’s going to lose $2.3 million it was counting on and that’s on top of the $1.3 million it lost from the previous year.
Town Manager Bryan Chodkowski told the Hartford Courant, “All of the assumptions we used – including the assumptions on teacher pensions – all blew up, and flew all over the table.”
Chodkowski says the town now has two choices to absorb the sneak attack from Hartford: raise taxes or reduce services:
“There is no way, to my knowledge, that this town can absorb this loss without increasing revenues – raising taxes – or to stop offering services.”
Expect other towns to mirror Chodkowski’s reaction.