Comparing what CT towns earn and spend on goods and services

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Residents of Connecticut can now look up their town’s revenue and spending and compare it to data from other towns using the Office of Policy and Management’s Municipal Benchmarking App.

Under expenses, visitors can see how much is spent per resident on general government as well as public works, public safety, health and wellness, culture and recreation, and debt service.

Town revenue can also be analyzed, including how much of overall revenue come from taxes and how much comes from fines, licenses and permits.

Officials said they hope the project will lead to savings once municipalities realize how much money their neighbors allocate for the same goods and services. The site only includes data from the 2013 to 2014 fiscal year at the moment. Future updates will include details on municipal salaries and employee benefits.

The Municipal Benchmarking project also includes non-financial data like school enrollment and population.

A bill creating the system was passed in 2011 but it has taken several years to get local governments to update their financial accounting systems. About a dozen towns, including East Haven and New London, have not yet sent over their data for benchmarking.

What do you think?

  • ED Doyle

    Great info. Thanks for putting this together.

  • Max

    Interesting to see the total spending and compare it to per pupil data, particuarly in light of the recent education funding decision.

    I was surprised to see highly successful schools such as Canton spend less on eductation per pupil than places like Hartford.

    • 00000000001

      It’s the home life of the student that makes the difference. There’s quite a difference comparing the nurturing aspects of the home life of a student in Canton versus a student living in Hartford. The City of New Haven has been spending $2 Billion retrofitting or rebuilding every school it has, making for a beautiful school system, versus, a 73% out-of-wedlock birthrate, where the momma’s rather marry the social services department, rather than a husband. It’s too bad for the student, and the taxpayer.

      • Max

        Quite true. The data really calls into question the value of increasing spending on education.

  • Joseph Brzezinski

    Are the raw data available anywhere for public consumption. Are additional demographics also available for the same time period such as ethnic distribution, income distribution, proportion of population in poverty, proportion of school age population eligible for free or reduced lunch, etc.?

  • 1984 Universe

    I think we will be seeing more and more corruption in the municipalities as pension woes and funding needs factor into the desperate behavior of some towns, some illegal but swept under the carpet.