HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Advocates for land conservation, affordable housing, historic preservation and farming are opposing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to remove money from a fund for historic preservation, open space purchases and affordable housing.
The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/1y8sFHu ) that Malloy’s proposed budget would empty the fund of about $13 million. Money is collected annually from a $40 charge on property transactions.
Malloy’s budget proposes that money collected from property sales instead be added to the state’s general fund to help close the budget deficit.
Advocates say $133 million has been invested in open space purchases, historic preservation, affordable housing projects and agriculture support since 2005. Many grants were matched with local funds.
A spokesman at the Office of Police and Management said Malloy had to make tough decisions to cut spending.