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Hartford Mayor Presents Budget With No New Taxes

HARTFORD — The city of Hartford is facing no lay-offs, no tax rate increase, and no dip in the rainy-day fund.

So said Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, who on Monday submitted his proposed 2011-12 budget to City Council.

Facing residents’ resistance to another tax increase, Segarra and his administration delivered a budget that “returns the City to the fiscal year 2008-09 spending levels.”  He said the proposed budget is $3.3 million, or .6 percent, larger than the previous year’s budget, and that increase is due to collective bargaining requirements and pension contributions.

Segarra said his budget invests in summer youth employment, economic development and job creation, and public safety by including new Police and Fire recruit classes.

The largest portion of the City’s budget, more than $283 million, is allocated to education, he said.

The deadline to adopt the budget is May 31.

A public hearing on the budget will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Bulkeley High School Auditorium.

See budget here.

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