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Cities facing tough budget times have found sympathy on one state panel, in the form of a $102.7 million proposed municipal aid package.

The aid package passed through the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee at its final session Wednesday would fully fund the PILOT program, as well as let cities keep a share of the state hotel tax. The funds would come from a new tax on delivery services.

The committee co-chairs, New Haven State Rep. Cameron Staples (at right in picture with City Hall lobbyist Laoise King) and Sen. Eileen Daily, declared they’d found two innovative ways to answer municipalities’ cry for relief from a reliance on property tax.

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