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Groton City Will Ask Town For Less for Highways, More for Police

Request for police funding will go up even though the overall budget for city police is going down.

The City of Groton will be asking the town for $2.16 million for highways this year, 6.4 percent less than the previous year.

The city will ask for more money for police, even though that budget as a whole is down 1 percent. Mayor Marian Galbraith said the city will ask for $2.3 million, or a 2.1 percent increase, because it wants the town to cover half of its police budget.

Last year, the town funded the city police budget at less than half.

The city's highway budget is declining because roads are being bonded, the city is replacing fewer vehicles, and the city started he season with a full shed of salt and sand for roads.

The city’s police budget is declining because it has eliminated a detective position.

Rick McDonald January 31, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Best answer for the City is to secede from the town and keep the $40 plus million dollars in tax revenue the town now enjoys. You say the town is obligated by charter roads in the city, well in my opinion the town has been failing to meet that obligation for years and does not deserve another dime form city residents and business's
augie42 January 31, 2013 at 03:07 AM
$30 million to last statement.
augie42 January 31, 2013 at 03:12 AM
OK Mr McDonald, I guess YOU can head up the Charter Revision CMTE. Division is not the answer....that is why we are in the situation. If we could come together and combine some things we would have more $$ than we knew what to do with!!
Rick McDonald January 31, 2013 at 07:34 PM
I expressed my opinion, your rude and sarcastic response is unwarranted, especially as a member of the RTM. Perhaps the position has gone to your head. After this post I will refrain from expressing my opinion on articles you have commented on. In my opinion a merger of the town and city provides no benefit to the city. Currently the town receives, I believe, around double the city's operating budget in tax revenue from within the city. In return the town is responsible for city roads. As an RTM member your primary concern is the health of the town which without the millions in tax revenue from the city would be critical. I believe that you only care about the city as a source of income for the town

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