New England Public Policy Center Research Report 15-1
MEASURING MUNICIPAL FISCAL DISPARITIES IN CONNECTICUT
by Bo Zhao Jennifer Weiner
is now available on the Boston Fed’s web site:
Fiscal disparities exist when some municipalities face higher costs for
providing a given level of public services or fewer taxable resources to
finance those services than others. A municipality’s economic and social
characteristics can affect both costs and resources.
The potential for fiscal disparities in Connecticut is particularly high given
the vast socioeconomic differences observed across the state’s 169 cities
and towns. This paper measures the non-school fiscal health of Connecticut
municipalities using a “municipal gap.” Municipal gap is the difference between
the uncontrollable costs associated with providing public services and the
economic resources available to a municipality to pay for those services.