WOODBURY – If Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy vetoes the newly-approved legislative budget, Woodbury would be stripped of all state aid, First Selectman Bill Butterly said on a Facebook Live video Thursday.
Butterly was speaking on a video produced in the Shove Building by Brian O’Connor, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. In the video, Butterly said he is alarmed that Malloy’s implied threat that towns like Woodbury, who did not share their unassigned fund balances with the state, may “pay the price.”
Using a bipartisan approach over the three years that he has been First Selectman has left Woodbury with a municipal side mill rate that is less than when he started, even with a major land purchase and infrastructure bonding, Butterly said. The state’s “pushing things down to the town” would require Woodbury to start over, Butterly said.
“Threaten us all you want, Governor, but don’t continue to make the poorly-run state government’s huge problem the fiscal chaos of 169 towns,” Butterly said.
Butterly said that of all the state’s options about budgeting, Malloy’s executive order would have to worse impact on the town’s budget. It the executive order goes into effect on Oct. 1, Butterly said it could leave Woodbury looking to make up about $400,000, which is almost a half a mill rate.
“The budget that has passed both houses now would be the best thing that could happen to us,” Butterly said.
Here is Butterly’s Facebook Live video with the CCM:
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