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    MAYOR HARP: AS 2014 SESSION ENDS, NEW HAVEN TO BENEFIT FROM STATE BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

    (5/6/2014) For IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laurence Grotheer

    May 7, 2014 203-946-7660 (o); 203-676-6103 (c)

    MAYOR HARP: AS 2014 SESSION ENDS, NEW HAVEN TO BENEFIT FROM STATE BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

    Expansion of PILOT, ECS funds will help minimize reliance on property taxes

    New Haven – Mayor Toni N. Harp said today the state budget adjustments approved during this year’s legislative session will help New Haven reduce its reliance upon revenue from local property taxes. Mayor Harp commended Governor Malloy and his revised budget because it provides increased aid for cities and towns across Connecticut with no new state taxes; the 2014 Regular Session ends later today.

    Mayor Harp said while final distribution figures are still not available, New Haven expects approximately $2 million in additional assistance through the state’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes program (PILOT) and Municipal Revenue Sharing in Fiscal Year 2015.

    “The City of New Haven has a long list of regional responsibilities and incurs considerable expense each year while working to meet these obligations – we’re grateful for state aid because local property taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to shoulder that entire burden,” Mayor Harp said. “For the fiscal year set to begin July 1 the state is now primed to help New Haven to an even greater extent, and for that we have Governor Malloy, the legislature, and the agreed-upon, adjusted state budget to thank.”

    Mayor Harp went on to say how this year’s initiative to expand early childhood education will help young learners statewide, and is particularly welcome in New Haven, where the mayor is intent on closing a daunting achievement gap.

    “Beyond the direct financial assistance provided through PILOT funding the additional resources designated for pre-kindergarten education will help New Haven preschool students acquire the early reading and related skills necessary for success once their primary education begins,” Mayor Harp said. “Once again, the state-level programming reduces the extent to which local taxpayers would be asked to underwrite these important educational opportunities.”

    In preliminary figures, the city is also projected to receive an additional $869,000 through the state’s Educational Cost Sharing grant program (ECS).

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    Contact Name: Laurence Grotheer

    Contact Email: lgrotheer@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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