Towns and cities are all struggling to make ends meet this budget season, and some are having more luck than others.
In some cases, unions and municipalities are working well together to save money. A cafeteria workers’ union in New Haven has agreed to allowing subcontracting of work at Head Start centers to a private contractor, which should save the city money next year.
The teachers’ union in Danbury, like many other unions in that city, has overwhelmingly voted for a contract revision that will save that city $1.2 million over the next few years.
However, the Farmington teachers’ union hasn’t granted concessions, and that town is threatening to eliminate up to twenty teaching positions next year.
Other towns are looking for ways to keep tax increases at or near zero. East Hartford is looking to cut about $2 million from the education budget.
In Enfield the council has been examining several ways to keep taxes from going up, including possibly ignoring unfunded mandates where it makes sense to. Another option much talked about in town is the possibility of closing one of the elementary schools.
How is your town managing the crisis?