State Representative Auden Grogins (D-Bridgeport) was named Chair of the Planning and Development Committee for the 2015 Legislative Session by Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey. This is the first time the position has ever been held by a representative from Bridgeport.
“I am honored to be named Chair of the Planning and Development Committee. This exciting news for Bridgeport! This chairmanship will allow me to better serve our community because of the strong and direct impact the Planning and Development Committee has on municipalities,” said Rep. Grogins.
The Planning and Development Committee has cognizance of all matters relating to local governments, housing, urban renewal, fire, sewer and metropolitan districts, home rule and planning and zoning; regional planning and development activities and the State Plan of Conservation and Development, and economic development programs impacting local governments.
Rep. Grogins’ new position will allow her to focus on issues affecting Bridgeport like tax relief and blight elimination, as the committee deals with all matters directly related to cities and towns.
“As Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, tax relief is going to be one of my top legislative priorities. I look forward to working with the Speaker on ways we can ease the burden on municipalities, allowing them to lower property taxes for residents,” said Rep. Grogins. “I plan on looking for ways to improve the state’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program. I also plan on looking into a uniform mill rate for automobile owners, as Bridgeport has the highest car tax in the state.”
“The Planning & Development Committee plays a critical role as to the state’s relationship with its municipalities, and Rep. Grogins not only brings her legislative experience to her new role as chair, but her experience as a representative of our largest city,” said Speaker Sharkey, a former chair of the Planning & Development Committee himself.
“I would like to thank Speaker Sharkey for believing in my ability to chair such an important committee. I am grateful for his confidence and look forward to beginning the 2015 legislative session,” said Rep. Grogins.
Representative Grogins represents Bridgeport’s 129th Assembly District.