Which CT towns collect the most, spend the most, on services

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Bridgeport spent the most per capita on public safety in 2014 compared to other Connecticut towns while Ashford spent the least. Westport generated the most tax revenue per resident, and Greenwich spent the most on wages in the state.

Trend CT recently took a look at the data behind the Office of Policy and Management’s Municipal Benchmarking App, which lets members of the public look up and compare their town’s revenue and spending. The most recent data is for 2014.

We wanted to see how the towns stacked up in various spending and revenue factors. It should be noted that much of the variance in numbers can be attributed to differences in population.

Public safety

Towns that spent the least on public safety per resident were Ashford ($5.20), Pomfret ($5.54), and Sterling ($9.32). (Public safety includes spending on police and fire departments.)

Rural communities such as Ashford and Pomfret rely largely on state police and volunteer fire fighters.

Meanwhile, large cities like Bridgeport, which support full time police and fire departments, lead the pack with about $1,000 per resident spent on public safety. The next largest amount was Stamford at about $840.

General government

Towns that spent the least on general government per resident were rural Eastford ($164.26), Scotland ($171.23), and Warren ($202.29).

In contrast, Waterbury spent the most at more than $1,400 per resident.

Tax revenue

Towns that generated the least tax revenue per resident were Mansfield ($1,070.83), Thompson ($1,475.54), and Griswold ($1,538.17). It should be noted that Mansfield is home to the University of Connecticut’s main campus, which contributes a significant annual payment in lieu of taxes.

Westport and Weston generated the most at $6,600 and $6,100 respectively.

Fines and assessments

Towns with the least revenue from fines and special assessments per resident were Hartland ($0.02), Colebrook ($0.05), and Easton ($0.06).

Salisbury and Simsbury generated the most revenue from parking violations, permits, etc, with $260 and $216 each.

Employee benefits

Rural Hampton and Scotland spent the smallest amount of money per resident on employee benefits — $32 and $36.

Waterbury and Hartford spent the most in the state — around $2,200 each.


Towns that spent the least on wages per resident were Hebron ($91.39), Bethlehem ($103.1), and Griswold ($110.74).

Greenwich and Hartford spent about $3,300 and $2,800 each, which was the most in the state.

What do you think?

  • ctyankee22

    Interesting and surprising

  • Bumpercar

    Poor cities have more needs, full time police and fire, health departments many languages in schools, etc. They must provide more services – so it costs more.

  • Chris McQuilken

    I imagine some of the results are skewed by towns with more kids vs. towns with more single millennials – it would skew the per capita calc.

  • Ron Van Winkle

    So Hebron spends $91.39 per capita on wages and has a population of 9,552 and therefore spends $872,957 on wages but has a total budget of $34,491,406. They must spend a lot on road Salt. These number do not make sense