While Connecticut government departments are expecting to have to find ways to cut their budgets, municipal aid is set to increase overall in the next fiscal year’s budget by $216 million. But it falls about $50 million below the level built into the preliminary 2016-17 budget.
The state’s grant formula for measuring state aid to towns includes grants for road maintenance and capital improvement programs, the education cost-sharing grant, and state grants in lieu of taxes on tax-exempt property.
There’s debate currently during this legislative session on whether or not municipal aid is cut. For example, education grants got cut while others have increased.
The town of Woodbridge will have the largest percent increase (53 percent) between the current 2016 fiscal year and the 2017 fiscal year, from $1 million in grants to nearly $1.6 million.
Simsbury and Glastonbury follow with 32 and 29 percent increases respectively.
Middletown is the only town in Connecticut with a decrease in state grants because of an overvaluation the previous year.
Scroll below to see the proposed state grants to towns in the new budget proposal.