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Mayor Proposes Budget for 2009-2010

HARTFORD —  The proposed budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year — abput $548 million remains the same as the budget approved by Council for FY’08-’09, according to a press release from the mayor’s office Monday.  

The budget, according to the release, will maintain core city services, and will include the following components:

  • $1.5 million in funding to prevent foreclosures of Hartford homeowners and assist homeless families with young children.
  • $3 million in increased local share of funding for the Board of Education.
  • $1.7 million in local and stimulus funding to create 200 jobs in Hartford’s Arts and Heritage Sector.
  • A class of 40 police officers to be funded entirely by federal stimulus funding.
  • $33.1 million in debt service to continue critical public construction projects that are providing good paying construction jobs for hundred of Hartford residents.
  • 145 fewer municipal government positions from the FY ’08-’09 budget

To pay for this budget and make up for revenue loss from the state and other sources, the mil rate will increase by 8.89 mils, a tax increase of 8.3%.  

For the average Hartford resident homeowner, the city figures this will translate into a property tax increase of approximately $1 a day ($378).  

Substantial concessions by municipal unions and increased aid from the state that materialize during the budget process could reduce the size of the proposed mil rate increase.

“This budget reflects important priorities for our City in these difficult economic times.  We have made prudent cuts across city government and have devoted more resources to job creation, housing and education while maintaining our commitment to public safety,” Mayor Eddie Perez said.

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