Councilman Corey Brinson's $15,000 city salary--which he declined not long after he was appointed to the panel--will remain in the council budget, said Saundra Kee Borges, Hartford's corporation counsel. If the money is not spent by the council, it will go back into the city's general fund at the end of the fiscal year, she said.
In declining his council salary, Brinson said he'd like the money to go instead toward closing the city's budget deficit or to help Hartford students struggling to pay for college.
But in order to establish a scholarship fund for students, Brinson would have to accept the salary and then donate the money himself, Kee Borges said.
If the city council's 2012 pay raises are repealed, that money would also go back into the council's budget, and could be used for other things or put back into the city's general fund, she said.