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Public Hearing on City Budget Tomorrow

April 26 - May 3, 2006
News Brief By The Hartford News

Mayor Eddie Perez has recommended a budget of $491,478,000 for the City of Hartford for the upcoming fiscal year. Perez said the budget puts more financial resources behind his two top priorities for the city: Public Safety and Education.  These two areas see the biggest increase in his recommended 2006-2007 budget. A public hearing will be held Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at Bulkeley High School Auditorium.  The hearing will be carried on Hartford Government Cable Access Television, Channel 21. The Mayor’s Recommended Budget of $491,478,000 reflects an increase of $27,779,422, or 6 percent, over last year’s adopted budget.  Important elements of this budget include:

  1. Two new classes of police recruits.  A Police class of 20 officers is scheduled to start at the Police Academy in September 2006 and a second class of 20 officers is slated to start in January 2007.
  2. A Fire class of 20 recruits is also set to begin in January 2007.
  3. The Hartford Public School System would be appropriated $259,577,333.  This reflects an increase of almost $6 million or 2.3 percent.
  4. Establishing the Office for Youth Services as a City Department to promote positive youth development.
  5. Funding is designated to the 311 Work Management System, a key highlight of the Mayor’s State of the City Address.  The system is designed to handle non-emergency questions or requests for service in a single call, without duplication of requests between departments.  

The funding formula to achieve these budgetary goals includes a combination of not filling current job vacancies and other departmental cutbacks as well as a property tax increase of 4 mills.  That translates to approximately $137 more per year for the average city homeowner.

Reprinted with permission of the The Hartford News.
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