Montville, Ledyard and New London are on hold for additional public funds due to the tribal properties of the first two towns and the State Pier of the latter town.
Due to legislation passed this past session which increases repayment rates for tribal property and for State Pier; Montville will receive approximately $ 903,323, Ledyard will receive $ 630,239, and New London will receive $ 274,282 under the state’s payment in lieu of taxes program. PILOT funds are state reimbursements to municipalities for tax-exempt properties.
State Senator Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, who co-chairs the credits committee, and other members of the Southeast Connecticut delegation have ensured that the pier and tribal property repayment rates recognized by the federal government are increasing.
“In law it was 45%, and I changed that to 100%, so municipalities with federally recognized tribal lands would see a 45% increase in the assessed value of the land – not buildings on the ground but from the earth – go 100%, ”Osten said. “When we were working on the State Pier bill in transportation, I put an element in that bill to make sure the city was getting the PILOT payments, number one, and that number two, New London would get the 100% payments. “
The exact dollar amounts of the increased reimbursement rate funds for the three cities became available on Monday.
“Municipalities get their PILOT funding and their first section of school funding at this time of year, even if the budget passes in June,” said State Representative Christine Conley, D-Groton. “This is in addition to what cities have already received in PILOT funding that comes from the changes in the PILOT program. We put words in the budget and that’s where words turn into cash.
On Monday, State Representative Anthony Nolan, D-New London, said the $ 275,000 his city will get for State Pier ownership “is something I really think to celebrate.”
“Of course people are going to say, ‘Why can’t we get more? “But, you know, it’s a start, until we know where to go from here,” he added.
New London Mayor Michael Passero said: “I have to pinch myself.”
“It really corrects a historic injustice. I’m glad they finally realized the fairness of this, and we are certainly grateful for the additional income,” Passero said on Friday. He recalled when he was first elected to the legislature with then-state representative Chris Soto, “and that was a bit naive on our part, but the PILOT reform was a big part. of what I’ve been fighting for from the start. “
At first, Passero and other stakeholders simply argued for a moratorium on granting tax exemptions.
“With each session, they were offering more and more exempt taxes,” he said. “They would grant them to the point that cities are dying because half of our properties have been exempt and we’re not getting any refunds for that.”
Now, with a 100% PILOT refund, he said, the state “can basically tell other taxpayers that they’re carrying their weight too.”
Passero said the city will determine what to spend the money on. Montville Mayor Ron McDaniel, D-Montville, and Ledyard Mayor Fred Allyn III, did not respond to requests for comment.
In total, Lyme, East Lyme, Old Lyme, New London, Norwich, Ledyard, Groton, Waterford, Montville, Stonington and North Stonington are expected to receive more than approximately $ 320 million over the next two years through PILOT funding, the annual income of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes, education cost sharing and adult education grants.
New London, Norwich and Groton are the main beneficiaries.
New London will receive almost $ 15 million in PILOT funding, as well as approximately $ 60 million in ECS funding over two years. In addition, the city will receive more than $ 1 million from the tribes, the municipal stabilization grant and adult education.
Groton can expect over $ 3 million in PILOT funding in 2022 and 2023, as well as over $ 50 million in ECS funding. Groton is also expected to receive over $ 2 million from the tribes over two years, nearly $ 1 million from the municipal stabilization grant and over $ 200,000 for adult education.
Norwich is expected to see nearly $ 6 million in PILOT funding over two years, as well as over $ 80 million in ECS funding. The city is expected to receive nearly $ 5 million from the tribes, nearly $ 700,000 for adult education and more than $ 400,000 from the municipal stabilization grant.
For the total funding of the biennial budget, East Lyme could get nearly $ 16 million, North Stonington nearly $ 7 million, Old Lyme about $ 1 million, Waterford about $ 1.3 million, Stonington about $ 2.7 million dollars, Ledyard nearly $ 27 million, Lyme nearly $ 250,000, and Montville nearly $ 32 million. Most of the money will be in the form of education funding.