From the Office of State Senator Kevin Witkos
At the annual Connecticut Council of Small Towns earlier this month, towns from the Litchfield hills to the Rhode Island border united to discuss their 2015 legislative priorities. Together, town leaders shared their ideas and made their voices heard. One united and strong voice clearly emerged – a voice that spoke out against burdens on municipalities.
Every time new costs are imposed on our towns by state agencies, towns are tasked with finding new revenue to fund the new requirements. More red tape often translates to higher local taxes, something both town officials and residents hate to see.
Connecticut is ranked as one of the worst states for property taxes, with our high fees putting us in the #2 spot, according to the Tax Foundation and Kiplinger. So this year at the Capitol, in addition to tackling our state budget, legislators need to focus on giving towns the tools they need to reduce property taxes and wrangle in their own costs. That means stopping unfunded mandates and making it easier for towns to fund their own projects. … Continue Reading