The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities has started a new online resource for municipalities that will help citizens understand what they should know about their state government.
The link, which is on the CCM site at http://advocacy.ccm-ct.org/Plugs/What-the-public-should-know.aspx provides information on the relationship between state and local government.
“Residents and business owners across the state need to know that the amount of state aid to towns and cities — money raised from state taxes and fees that the governor and the General Assembly return to your community — directly affects the level of local services in your municipality and the amount of property taxes you pay,” CCM CEO Jim Finley said in a statement.
“When your property taxes go up and municipal services don\’t meet your needs, ask your state legislators and the governor if state government is providing your community with adequate financial aid. State aid can help pay for the local services you need and can keep your property taxes from going up — again,” Finley explained.
Finley continued, “State government and municipal governments share responsibilities and resources. Both the state and municipalities must provide a variety of important public services. But the ability of each of these two levels of government to raise money differs greatly.\’\’
He added, “Unlike the state, towns and cities have few revenue options available to pay for services. This has resulted in the continued heavy reliance on property taxation as the major source of municipal revenue. Because the value of property varies widely from municipality to municipality, many cities and towns are unable to pay for local service needs from own-source revenues.\’\’
The link provides information on key issues like municipal finance, education, property taxes, and unfunded mandates.