In an op-ed to the CT Mirror, Amy Blaymore Paterson, the Executive Director of Connecticut Land Conservation Council, expresses her concerns about the State moving Community Investment Act funds to the general fund:
“we strongly contend that sweeping dedicated funds, such as the Community Investment Act (CIA), into the state general fund will only do more harm than good by cutting off a consistent source of funding and reinvestment for our communities, while defeating the very purpose of having established a dedicated fund.”
The CIA was created in 2005 through a truely bipartisan effort to provide funding for Connecticut land use programs supporting four areas impacted by suburban sprawl: open space conservation, farmland preservation/dairy production, historic properties preservation and affordable housing development. The program is funded through a $40 surcharge on all real estate transactions in the state.
And read Ms. Blaymore Paterson’s entire op-ed: