Mayor Pedro Segarra on Thursday proposed consolidating two offices to reduce costs and duplication.
Segarra wants to combine the city's office for young children and the division of youth services and recreation into one entity. He said the consolidation would provide more continuity for children, offering services from birth to age 24, with a stronger emphasis on recreation.
"It will serve families with young children and youth and increase and diversify opportunities with a focus on recreation," Segarra said.
The consolidation would not result in any layoffs, the mayor said. It could save a small amount of money, but he said that savings was not the reason for the proposal.
"I want to organize the office in such a way that we reach more people in more ways," he said.
The consolidation, which would move the office for young children out of the department of health and human services and the recreation department out of the department of public works, would require approval of the city council.
If approved Segarra said he expected the consolidation to take effect July 1.
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