How much does your town gain or lose in the state budget?

The state budget signed into law Tuesday increases state funding for cities and towns by $23.5 million in the 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins today.

Middletown will see its funding increase most with an additional $3.9 million; eight other communities will get a more than $1 million boost in state aid. Several municipalities will get a small cut in state aid, though state funding for Hartford is reduced by $1.7 million and New Haven by $612,000, the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis reports.

Overall, Connecticut’s cities and towns will receive $2.5 billion next year from the state, a major source of revenue that affects property-tax rates and services provided in many cities and towns. Read more about the changes in municipal aid here.

The primary sources of state aid to towns are:

  • PILOT grants: There are two kinds of grants to reimburse towns for some lost tax revenue from tax-exempt property, one for state property and the other for property owned by non-profits, such as hospitals and colleges. PILOT is an acronym for Payment in Lieu of Taxes.
  • Pequot Grants: The state shares with municipalities a portion of the revenue it receives from slot machines at the tribal casinos.
  • School grants: The state helps towns pay for school transportation and adult education.
  • Education Cost Sharing: This is the principal grant the state provides to help towns run their school systems. It is by far the largest grant towns receive, accounting for $2.06 billion of the $2.52 billion in local aid.
  • Town Aid Road: This grant helps pay for maintenance and snow removal on local roads.
  • Local Capital Improvement Program (LOCIP): This helps towns pay for capital improvements, such as sidewalks and bridges.
  • Municipal Projects: This is a catch-all category for local construction projects.

Hover over your town to see how much more or less your town is set to receive in fiscal 2016.

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About Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline won two first prizes from the national Education Writers Association for her work in 2012 – one in beat reporting for her overall education coverage, and the other in investigative reporting on a series of stories revealing questionable monetary and personnel actions taken by the Board of Regents for Higher Education. In 2016, she was a finalist in the EWA competition for single-topic coverage for her reporting on how schools are funded in Connecticut. Before coming to The Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. She has also worked for Congressional Quarterly and the Toledo Free Press. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College. She and her husband, son and two dogs live in Hartford.

About Andrew Ba Tran

Andrew is a data editor at TrendCT.org and the Connecticut Mirror. He teaches data visualization at Central Connecticut State University as well intro to data journalism at Wesleyan University as a Koeppel Fellow. He was a founding producer of The Boston Globe's Data Desk where he used a variety of methods to visualize or tell stories with data. Andrew also was an online producer at The Virginian-Pilot and a staff writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He’s a Metpro Fellow, a Chips Quinn Scholar, and a graduate of the University of Texas.

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