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State budget concerns mayor

Scott Seitz2 • Jun 15, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch has serious concerns about the pending state budget.

If that budget is passed by June 30 in its current form, the mayor said it could have a devastating effect on Norwalk.

"We've already in May had preliminary budget hearings, talking about 2012," Lesch said. "We're making estimations about 2012 and that's a challenge."

Lesch said during the last four or five years, the city has already made cuts in response to a decline in the income tax.

"Now, with what we're hearing from Columbus, there's a huge hit we could take," she said. "It's just staggering."

Lesch knows local government funds will take a hit.

"We've heard 25 percent for the second half of this year and first half of next year and then 50 percent after that," she said.

Lesch said the idea of local government funds was created in 1935 so local residents could see their tax dollars working.

"Now, they're changing the formula," she said. "They used to be 10 percent of our budget.

"We understand the state has a huge hole to fill," the mayor said. "But it's local communities that provide the services and amenities they make people want to come here in the first place."

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