Location:
GOVERNMENT, LOCAL; MUNICIPALITIES;

OLR Research Report


January 24, 2012

 

2012-R-0065

LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

You asked for information on local governments in Bristol, Danbury, East Hartford, Enfield, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hamden, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Milford, New Britain, Norwalk, Shelton, Southington, Stratford, Trumbull, Waterbury, West Hartford and West Haven. Specifically, you requested the following for each municipality:

1. form of government;

2. the number of councilmen, aldermen, or directors;

3. legislative members' salaries and fringe benefits; and

4. population.

Connecticut's municipalities have varying forms of government. For the above towns, these include: mayor-council, mayor-aldermen, first selectman-council, selectman-representative town meeting and council-manager. The legislative members' salaries also vary, from no salary to upwards of $15,000. Hartford is the only municipality that provides fringe benefits for its council members.

Table 1 presents the information requested for each municipality.

TABLE 1: LOCAL FORM OF GOVERNMENT FOR SELECTED TOWNS AND THEIR GOVERNING BODIES' SALARIES AND FRINGE BENEFITS

Town

Form of Government

Legislative Members

Annual Salaries

Benefits

Population (2010)

Bristol

Mayor-Council

Six councilmen

$9,829

None

60,528

Danbury

Mayor-Council

21 councilmen

None

None

77,748

East Hartford

Mayor-Council

Nine councilmen

Approx. $4,400

None

48,835

Enfield

Council-Manager

11 councilmen

None

None

45,553

Fairfield

Selectmen- Representative Town Meeting

50 representatives

None

None

56,557

Greenwich

Selectmen- Representative Town Meeting

230 representatives

None

None

60,551

Hamden

Mayor-Council

15 councilmen

$1,200

None

58,312

Hartford

Mayor-Council

Nine councilmen

$15,000

Health insurance

121,599

Manchester

Council-Manager

Nine directors

$2,000

None

57,925

Meriden

Mayor-Council

12 councilmen

$2,400 base, more for chairmen

None

58,801

Milford

Mayor-Alderman

15 alderman

None

None

54,377

New Britain

Mayor-Council

15 councilmen

$4500 Mayor pro-tempore

$3500 other

council members

None

70,185

Norwalk

Mayor-Council

15 councilmen

$600

None

83,247

Shelton

Mayor-Aldermen

8 aldermen

None

None

39,261

Southington

Council-Manager

Nine councilmen

None

None

42,185

Stratford

Mayor-Council

10 councilmen

None

None

48,817

Trumbull

Selectmen-Council

21 councilmen

None

None

35,676

Waterbury

Mayor-Aldermen

15 aldermen

$4,000

None

107,460

West Hartford

Manager-Council

Nine councilmen

None

None

64,201

West Haven

Mayor-Council

13 councilmen

$3,000 for chairmen,

$2,400

other members

None

53,642

*Sources: various town websites, population data from Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc., available at www.cerc.com.

MR:dy