Of the 169 local governments in the State of Connecticut, 139 are suburban and rural jurisdictions with 35,000 or less in population. Small towns are home to over a million state citizens and taxpayers. The Connecticut Council of Small Towns was founded in the belief that local government leaders from these smaller towns – and their residents – needed a strong voice within the legislative and regulatory decision-making arenas, both in Hartford and in Washington, D.C. Since its establishment in 1975, COST has provided that voice. Thanks for your strong support of COST, small towns and Connecticut’s grassroots governments!