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Malloy Admin: We Can’t Bond $30M for Town Roads, Can Bond $15M for Hartford Stadium, Garages

February 16, 2018 By Staff
Malloy Admin: We Can’t Bond $30M for Town Roads, Can Bond $15M for Hartford Stadium, Garages

The Malloy administration feels it's not able to authorize $30 million in town road aid. Their Friday agenda, though, includes $15 million for Hartford goodies.

The leader of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) asked the Malloy administration and the State Bond Commission this week to release $30 million in funding for town roads.

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“Town Aid Road grants are critical to Connecticut’s small towns in maintaining the transportation infrastructure needed to support local economies,” COST executive director Betsy Gara said. “Towns have to go out to bid and enter into contracts now to begin to move forward with projects in the spring. The uncertainty regarding whether Town Aid Road grants will be released is forcing towns to defer needed road maintenance projects, which will lead to higher repair costs down the line.”

The Malloy administration, though, responded to calls from COST and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) with a proverbial shrug.

CT Post reported:

But in a telling sign of the state’s precarious financial condition, the Malloy administration said the check is not in the mail.

“We do not feel we can authorize that additional $30 million in bonds and obligate that debt at this time,” said Chris McClure, a spokesman for the state Office of Policy and Management.

What is on the agenda for the Bond Commission’s Friday meeting? As Reclaim Connecticut pointed out, at least $15 million combined to a Hartford stadium and Hartford parking garages. The agenda items include:

  • $254 million in special tax obligation bonds to the Department of Transportation (DOT), including $118 million for “bus and rail facilities and equipment,” $51 million for bridge repair, and $30 million for road repair (pages 12-13)
  • $122 million in special tax obligation bonds for “[r]ehabilitation of southbound Gold Star Bridge and Phase 1 of northbound rehabilitation” (page 36)
  • $10 million to the city of Hartford “for improvements at Dillon Stadium and Colt Park, subject to the City approving an agreement to license the stadium to a professional sports team” (pages 31-32)
  • $5 million for “alterations, renovations and improvements to parking garages in Hartford” (page 10)

Amid pages and pages of expensive items like those above, the Malloy administration appears not to be able to fund $30 million for town roads.

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