HARTFORD -- The city council this afternoon voted in favor of cutting $9.8 million from Mayor Eddie A. Perez's proposed $554.3 million budget for 2010-11.
The cuts include:
* $100,000 from the fire department
* $200,000 from the police department
* $400,000 from the legal expenses and settlements account
* $100,000 from the unemployment compensation account
* $275,000 from the insurance expense account
* $250,000 from the contingency account
* $100,000 in city contribution toward public programs
* $100,000 from the Hartford Arts Council account
* $1.25 million in the city's direct contribution to education
* Roughly $7.1 million in citywide salaries and benefits, which could be achieved through union concessions, a retirement incentive program and adjustments to the pension contribution.
The city has also identified $3.8 million in new revenues. That money comes from a variety of sources, including licenses and permits, federal stimulus funds and intergovernmental revenue. The budget will now go to the mayor, who will have an opportunity to line-item veto the council's work.
Perez is expected to make a statement at city hall at 5:30 p.m. Stay tuned.