NORWALK, CT – (RealEstateRama) — Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), Mayor Harry W. Rilling, state Representative Chris Perone (D-Norwalk) and members of the Norwalk Common Council held a press conference today in the Common Council chamber to highlight how smart choices at the local level and increased state investment have helped Mayor Rilling propose an operating budget with minimal growth and which holds the line on taxes.
“Every dollar the General Assembly delivers to cities and towns in the form of municipal aid is a dollar saved for property taxpayers,” said Sen. Duff. “We know property taxes alone cannot support all the function of city government. Our historic investment in cities and towns provides, for the first time, a dedicated funding stream that local budgets can count on. The result: additional funding for education and property tax relief.”
“Providing tax relief is a team effort. Thanks to the hard work of Mayor Rilling and the Common Council to hold the line on spending and running a fiscally responsible administration, this funding is being put to good use.” Sen. Duff continued. Sen. Duff led the charge to increase funding for Norwalk’s schools. As a result, it is estimated that Norwalk will receive more than $800,000 in additional education funding (ECS) over the course of the state’s biennium budget.
Additionally, as a result of the state’s historic investment in cities and towns through a dedicated revenue source, Norwalk is estimated to receive a $6.7 million increase in municipal aid, which helps hold the line property taxes.
“Thanks to the hard work, fiscal discipline and smart investments of this team we are holding the line on taxes in Norwalk,” Mayor Rilling said. “Our state delegation in Hartford, led by Senator Duff, have increased the overall amount of state money that the city of Norwalk is receiving. Meanwhile the City of Norwalk, along with the Common Council, are cutting unnecessary spending, making long term investments and increasing our grand list. Businesses and families across Connecticut and the tri-state area are seeing this momentum and are moving here to Norwalk.”
Contact: Adam Joseph
Source: Connecticut Senate Democrats