April 22, 2020 – On Tuesday, Karen Horn sent letters to the chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations committees. During the COVID 19 pandemic, municipal revenues have been plunging, while at the same time constituents’ needs for services have skyrocketed. Federal aid to replace lost revenues at the local level looks unlikely. To support their own budgets, towns are required to collect education property taxes – which often greatly exceed the taxes they receive – and remit them to the state or school districts, and failure to do so will result in significant penalties.
The Appropriations committees need to understand that cities, towns, and villages face the same dire financial crises that the state is confronting. They need to assist their partners in local government.
Describe your fiscal situation to your legislators. Make sure they understand the predicaments in your cities and towns.
Click the link below to read the letter.