Budget Cuts: Who’s Affected

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The council last night cut about $6.4 million from Mayor Pedro Segarra’s proposed $557.4 million budget in order to avoid a tax hike. The cuts break down as follows:

Mayor’s Office: $9,000 reduction

Office of the Chief Operating Officer: $10,000 reduction

Department of Communications and New Media: $50,000 reduction

Court of Common Council: $10,000 reduction

Office of Corporation Counsel: $17,000 reduction

Metro Hartford Information Services (IT Office): $16,000 reduction

Office of Management and Budget: $6,000 reduction

Department of Children, Families and Recreation: $100,000 reduction

Fire Department: $375,000 reduction

Police Department: $825,000 reduction*

Health and Human Services Department: $100,000 reduction

Department of Debt Service: $1,710,000 reduction

Benefits & Insurance Department: $3,815,000

Sundry Account: $500,000

*The amendments also include increases to some budgets. They are as follows:

Police Department: Addition of $420,000 for a class of 20 officers effective Jan. 1, 2015; addition of $105,000 for 19 civilian positions (19 officers will be moved from desk jobs and put back on patrol; their positions will be back-filled with civilians); and the addition of $105,000 for the recruitment of 10 police cadets.

Human Resources Department: $100,000 addition (HR employees from the police department would be transferred to city hall)

Finance Department: $200,000 addition (Finance employees from the police department would be transferred to city hall)

Various: $129,000 addition that breaks down as — $50,000 for Hartford 2000 Energy Improvement District; $25,000 for Winterfest; $25,000 for the Greater Hartford Arts Council; and $4,000 for Riverfront Recapture.

The amendments passed Tuesday by a vote of 8-1, with Councilman Larry Deutsch dissenting. The mayor has said he agrees with the changes. The council is expected to pass a budget on Tuesday. For more, click here.

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