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Hartford Council OKs “Beyond Bones” Budget

HARTFORD — Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has cause to celebrate today.

The Hartford Court of Common Council on Monday unanimously adopted a $549 million budget for the city’s 2011-2012 fiscal year.

In a 9-0 vote, council members confidently presented a budget they believed was “cut beyond bones” to lower the city’s mill rate from 72.79 to 72.29 mills.  One mill equals $1 for each $1000 assessed on properties.

In the process of cutting positions at the police department and merging departments at city hall, council members said they strived to balance the need for critical services and the already burdensome taxes.

“In the end, we were one council trying to serve the city,” said Kenneth Kennedy who chaired the budget committee. “The mayor worked diligently with us.”

Segarra proposed a $547.7 million budget, a 0.6 percent increase over last year’s budget. Upon review, the council cut $1.75 million from that budget.

Segarra praised the budget process and the final product, which will be sent to him for approval.

“This budget, and the entire process for that matter, reflects my administration’s mission and goals,” Segarra said. ” I am proud of the prudent and responsible fiscal decisions that were made; decisions that expand opportunities and jobs for city residents and keep Public Safety, Summer Youth Employment, essential city services, and economic development.”


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