HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Mayors from around Connecticut and of both parties say they don’t want to raise property taxes, but say that if Gov. Dan Malloy’s budget goes forward, they will have no choice.

They cite the loss in state funding to their cities.

The mayors say this it’s state money they use to pay the salaries of their police and firefighters.

At a Capitol news conference this week, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said his city will be forced to make layoffs while individual taxes would rise on average of about $160 a month.

The mayors also specifically oppose the elimination of the car property tax.

Finch said that, in Bridgeport alone, that tax raises $17 million for the city.

A spokesman for the governor has said, however, that Malloy’s priority continues to be improving schools and creating jobs, and to do that without raising state taxes.

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