The following is excerpted from Mark Fitch of the Yankee Institute’s Inside Investigator. Source: www.nancyonnorwalk.com
Mark Fitch writes, “Connecticut’s COGs are essentially councils of municipal leaders who meet for planning and development purposes, particularly when it comes to infrastructure, and allows those leaders to implement plans on a regional basis.
“In Connecticut, the nine COGs exist to address matters of mutual interest to their constituent cities and towns, with each member city and town represented by its highest elected official. They function as regional planning organizations, coordinating activities for their constituent cities and towns, and in that capacity can exercise a variety of responsibilities typically undertaken by counties in other states,” the Census Bureau wrote.”
Regional Governance isn’t a new idea, but it becomes a murky, gray area when communists in Democrat clothing are considering just how to implement agendas that destroy private ownership and sap control from local towns. Fitch continues,
“COGs do not have the ability to levy taxes the way counties in other states do, but they can collect dues from participating municipalities and can accept other forms of public and private funds.”
Interestingly, according to the Census Bureau, COGs can administer a regional property tax if the member municipalities all agree to it. The Census Bureau cited this administrative ability as one of its reasons for approving the change.”
The communists behind Democratic control can certainly find the necessary private funding to persuade the right non-profits to then petition the town councils, etc. If they have made the rules, they at least fund them.
This is why every last one of us MUST be involved in politics at the local level if you want to defend liberty. Regional governance proposals go in front of town boards and commissions — not, per se, to John Doe Voter, who likely has little idea his family, his business, his property can be slowly whittled away.