Public Meeting On Segarra’s Budget Is Wednesday

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Mayor Pedro Segarra’s proposed 2014-15 budget has stirred up a lot of debate lately — mostly over whether the city should sell its parking assets to the pension fund. The plan also includes a tax rate increase, departmental cuts and job eliminations, which could mean layoffs if payroll reduction targets aren’t met.

More on that here.

The public is invited to speak on the budget Wednesday at Bulkeley High School (300 Wethersfield Ave.), starting at 6 p.m. Segarra will attend the meeting, along with members of the city council. Those interested in sharing their thoughts should sign in when they arrive.

The council is also preparing to hold a series of budget meetings with department heads. All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

They are:

Thursday, May 2: Financial Overview
Management & Budget Office
Finance Department
Capital Improvement Plan
Office of the City Treasurer
Human Resources Department

Monday, May 5: Public Safety
Emergency Services
Police Department
Fire Department
Public Works Department

Tuesday, May 6: Community and Business Collaborations
Dept. of Families, Children, Youth & Recreation
Health & Human Services
Development Services

Thursday, May 8: Other City Entities
Internal Audit Department
MetroHartford Information Services
311 Call Center
Hartford Public Library
Hartford Parking Authority
Board of Education

Tuesday, May 13: City Officers and Legal Matters
Corporation Counsel’s Office
Town & City Clerk
Registrars of Voters
Mayor’s Office & Constituent Services
Office of the Chief Operating Officer

The council will begin deliberating about changes to Segarra’s proposed budget on May 15. The city’s deadline to adopt a budget is May 31.

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