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Our city would receive $3,154,916 less in state funding than it did last year, under the budget that the Democratic controlled legislature is poised to approve in this week's special session. Middletown's cut in funding is the most extreme, BY FAR, of any municipality in the state.
Cuts to education
State education funding will go down by 3.4%. For Middletown, most of this cut is in the support provided for transportation.
Our city was spared the most extreme cuts, wealthy towns are losing the entirety of their Educational Cost Sharing grants. Greenwich, for example, would see a 65% cut in state education funding.
Cuts in other municipal aid
Cities and towns also receive grants that are not education-related, including from the Municipal Revenue Sharing Account (MRSA), Payments in Lieu of Taxes on state and non-profit institutions (PILOT), and gambling revenue from the tribal-owned casinos (PEQUOT). Middletown stands to receive $2.4M less from these sources of revenue than we did last year, a nearly 20% reduction.
Boom or bust
Last year, the city received a windfall from the state, when PILOT funding went up by 54%. This year, our city is being referred to in the capitol as, "the biggest loser," according to a senior aide to a Statewide elected official.
Not only is Middletown the most severely impacted city in the state, it's not even close. The cut to our city of $3.2M is about double that of the next most severely impacted city. Greenwich would see its aid cut by $1.6M, Fairfield is in third place, with a cut of $1.2M. Some cities actually would receive substantial increases in funding, Glastonbury and Stratford an increase of $600K, Danbury an increase of $1.6M, and Stamford an increase of $2.6M.
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