Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Calls For Unfunded Mandate Relief

Emily Archacki
September 17, 2018 - 2:09 pm

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FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTIC) The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) has released their first in a series of reports ahead of the November elections.

“We are calling on state legislative candidates and the gubernatorial candidates to look at a number of areas that could provide relief for towns,” said Kevin Maloney, CCM Spokesman.

The first report covers unfunded mandates and the impact of these on cities and towns. Currently, there are over 1,300 statutorily required state mandates.

“That’s an all-time high, and nearly 60 new requirements were enacted on towns over the last two years,” said Maloney.

CCM is calling for cities and towns to be freed from the mandates and calls the proposed solutions reasonable. These include keeping regular operating expenses and local fund balances separate. As well as increased flexibility in education spending and cutting the health insurance premium tax on municipalities.

“A number of areas that could provide relief for towns and help them better control their expenses,” said Maloney.

CCM believes many of the proposals are attainable and that the unfunded mandates often lead to higher property taxes and the strangling of cities and towns in regulations.

One particular mandate Maloney feels that cities and towns should be exempt from: including contingency funds as part of their local budgets.

“We are calling on the state to prohibit municipal fund balances’ emergency funds from being included in the accountability to pay in a labor negotiation,” said Maloney.

One final item CCM hopes to achieve. That cities and towns be allowed to post legal notices online.