BOARD OF ALDERMEN APPROVE CITY BUDGET FOR FY 2010
(5/26/2009) NEW HAVEN— Earlier this evening, the New Haven Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the City’s Fiscal Year 2009-2010 proposed budget. This year’s budget represents an increase of 1.8 percent over Fiscal Year 2009’s budget.
“I’m pleased with the Board of Alderman’s decision to approve this budget which is based on difficult decisions in a very challenging economic climate. Our residents deserve a balanced budget without any additional financial burdens,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “For this reason, this budget includes a freeze in the Mill Rate and a freeze in the Revaluation Phase-In which will allow our residents’ tax bills to remain constant. This budget also allows us to fund the City’s priorities around youth violence reduction, public safety, keeping families in their homes and remaining a welcoming City.”
Principal programs and initiatives in this year’s budget include:
• Keeping Families In Their Homes: This budget recognizes the financial hardships that many New Haven families are experiencing and therefore ensures that tax bills for all families will remain the same as last year’s. The budget also maintains the third year of the Senior Tax Freeze to make sure that our City’s most vulnerable population can stay in their homes.
• Violence Reduction: The FY 09-10 budget includes support for vital youth programming such as the Street Outreach Workers Program, Youth @ Work, Open Schools and Capacity-building grants for youth-serving non-profits.
• Maintaining our commitment to public safety by protecting funding for a new class of 45 in the Police Academy. This class will ensure that we continue to grow our model of targeted activity policing City-wide.
• Over $39 Million in Capital Budget for: Neighborhood Improvements, Library Improvements, Police Substation Improvements, Parks Improvements, Fire Apparatus Replacement, Economic Development, Energy Savings Initiatives and Maintenance.
“While we’ve achieved a great deal with this budget with the hard work of the Board of Aldermen, Department Heads and the Office of Management and Budget, there are still hurdles in our path as we await the State’s budget to be passed. We continue to call for adequate funding from the State and options to increase revenues without creating increased financial pressures for New Haven families. We will work together as one City to continue to flourish as a great place in which to live, work and raise families,” said DeStefano.
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