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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.

augie42 January 30, 2013 at 08:36 PM
So how can the City's budget be declining if the Town is bonding to repair the roads for the City? This is why the Road Ordinance was a BAD idea. Furthermore, they drop a position but want more police money?....City Elections are coming people. There is a lot more here then what they are telling us......AGAIN. We at GATE will be looking further into this for answers. Scott Aument/RTM dist 6/GATE PAC chair. "Open the GATE to transparency"
Michael Boucher January 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM
How can anyone put up with two more years of this? Lets get some truth in the numbers. City Hall is killing Groton Utilities. The Town of Groton and City residents can't pay all the debt caused by Thames Valley Communications. All the Kings Horses and all the Kings men could not put the city back together again. WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP NOW!
Rick McDonald January 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM
What is the cost to the town? Both TVC and GU are owned by the city
augie42 January 31, 2013 at 02:44 AM
There are Town businesses and residents that are served by GU. The Town is obligated by charter to provide for roads, but not police. Police monies have been provided as a matter of tradition ONLY. So there is a connection between the City budgets and the Town budgets. I feel there will be more scrutiny on monies given to the City in light of the TVC/GU debacle. If the City can draw almost $30 plus in debt from GU why are they asking the town for $$???
Rick McDonald January 31, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Best answer for the City is to secede from the town and keep the $40 plus million dollars in tax revenue the town now enjoys. You say the town is obligated by charter roads in the city, well in my opinion the town has been failing to meet that obligation for years and does not deserve another dime form city residents and business's
augie42 January 31, 2013 at 03:07 AM
$30 million to last statement.
augie42 January 31, 2013 at 03:12 AM
OK Mr McDonald, I guess YOU can head up the Charter Revision CMTE. Division is not the answer....that is why we are in the situation. If we could come together and combine some things we would have more $$ 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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