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Why can’t Board of Education budget be cut in order to lower taxes?
The State of Connecticut has Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR) rules which prevent municipalities from dropping education funding below specified amounts. For Norwich, using the rules that are currently in place as a “district in need of improvement,” the City cannot budget less in for next fiscal year than it did for the current fiscal year without being penalized $2 in Education Cost Sharing funds for every $1 in budget reductions below the MBR.

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1. Why can’t Board of Education budget be cut in order to lower taxes?
2. Why can’t Capital Improvements be cut to lower taxes?
3. Why can’t Debt Service be cut to lower taxes?
4. How does Norwich’s spending compare to other communities?
5. What can Local Capital Improvement Program (LOCIP) funds be used for?
6. Why is it important for the City to maintain its fund balance and fund its pension obligations?