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Education top long list of state's funding priorities

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SOUTH WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

With the upcoming legislative session just days away, officials in South Windsor said cutting funding for schools is something that they cannot afford.

Education is believed to be the No. 1 priority on the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Priority List for Connecticut's Towns and Cities.

"You know we've been taking hits for years, never got ahead of all the unfunded mandates," said South Windsor Town Manager Matthew Galligan, who is also second vice president for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

"And now is the time the state has to look into their own budget, instead of picking on municipalities."

Galligan said any cuts in the education cost sharing grants to towns and cities, which also known as ECS, will likely be met with a sizeable increase in property taxes to help make up the difference.

In South Windsor for example, Galligan said the education cost sharing grant is roughly $11 million, which is a large portion of the town's annual $60 million education budget.

South Windsor resident Preston Kobbe said the goal of elected officials is to focus on securing and keeping children in Connecticut safe while getting them "the best education" possible.

South Windsor resident Jen St. Amand said she does not want to see cut the extracurricular activities such as sports cut for kids.

"The kids need that stuff," she said.

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