Connecticut municipalities say they’ve made big cutbacks

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Connecticut municipal leaders say they’ve eliminated town hall positions and reduced overtime, education spending, library services and road paving to cut expenses.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities released a survey Monday that shows many cities and towns have taken those and other cost-saving measures in recent years, as state aid has become more uncertain.

Executive Director Joe DeLong says state grant funding to municipalities “has grown increasingly unpredictable” while demand for local services continues to increase.

The General Assembly’s budget-writing committees are still in the process of crafting proposed tax and spending plans. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont already offered a two-year, $43.1 billion plan. A final agreement must be reached before the legislature’s June 5 adjournment.

The conference says the average proposed property tax increase for next fiscal year is 1.9%.

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