Plainville council to hold sub-committee meeting on state aid cuts

Plainville council to hold sub-committee meeting on state aid cuts

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PLAINVILLE – The impact of state aid reductions totaling $1.9 million, with a $1.8 million reduction in the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant, will be discussed at a Town Council sub-committee meeting tomorrow night.

The committee members, consisting of four councilors, will meet in the council conference room in the municipal center at 7 p.m.

Options and steps to take following an additional $870,000 reduction after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced “holdbacks” to municipalities were discussed during a regular meeting last week. State Rep. William Petit spoke about the situation to the council.

“We were really blindsided,” he said.

Town Manager Robert Lee said the current loss of revenue represents 1.38 mills which is equivalent to a 4.2 percent tax increase. 

Options the committee may look at during the meeting include adjusting the tax levy for the Jan. 2 half of the tax bill, reducing spending such as not filling town positions or delaying capital improvement items and using the unassigned fund balance.

“Any reduction of the education budget could not exceed the loss in the ECS for Plainville,” Lee said.

The ECS reduction represents 96 percent of the loss in revenue for Plainville.

More information on the meeting can be found on the town website.
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