CHRIS WRIGHT BACKS PROPERTY TAX REFORM AND INCREASED STATE AID FOR CITIES AND TOWNS LIKE BRISTOL
Chris Wright, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 77th District, says property tax reform and a need for increased state aid to cities and towns like Bristol is a major legislative priority for him.
“Cities like Bristol can only rely on property taxes and state aid as they struggle with higher energy, health care and other costs,” Wright said. “Increasing state aid to local towns must be a priority when the legislature convenes in January.”
“A good place to start is for the state to live up to its promise to fund at least 50% of the education costs for Bristol and other towns,” Wright said. “If the state provided full funding of the Education Cost Sharing grant, the property tax burden on our city’s taxpayers would be greatly lessened.”
Wright explained that, unlike cities and towns, the state has a greater ability and with it, the responsibility, to raise revenue from various avenues, including taking advantage of federal funding. Towns like Bristol are saddled with the property tax as a main revenue source.
Wright also suggested that cities and towns should get more revenue from the state’s two casinos. “The state gets millions from the casinos and after taking its cut, the state parcels out the rest to municipalities,” Wright said. “It’s time to re-examine how that funding is distributed with an eye towards sending more of that money to cities and towns.”
Wright emphasized that local education, elderly and veterans’ tax relief and early reading programs in schools need to be fairly funded by the state.
“The limited revenue stream that is available to Bristol and other cities calls for increased state funding in order to provide local property tax relief,” Wright said.
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