NEW HAVEN BOARD OF ALDERMEN UNANIMOUSLY APPROVE CITY BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014
Tonight, the New Haven Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to approve a City budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
“In light of dramatic state revenue cuts I think that, on balance, this is a prudent budget that preserves core city services,” said New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., “While it is never ideal to have to raise taxes, it is vital for the health and the future of New Haven to preserve and continue development of three essential areas: education and School Change, public safety and economic growth.”
The budget sets the mill rate for the coming fiscal year at 41.88, which is a mill rate increase of two over the current fiscal year, and will increase property taxes for the average homeowner by about $25 a month.
The approved budget:
• Sets the mill rate at 41.88 (it was 38.88 for current fiscal year 2012-2013 and 43.9 for fiscal year 2011-2012);
• Increases expenditures by less than 2.4 percent to $497.4 million;
• Preserves core City services and functions such as School Change, senior centers, parks, and libraries;
• Strengthens public safety and Community Policing by providing each of the city’s 10 police districts with two new walking beats when 40 new officers are trained and hired; and
• Addresses the decline in staffing of the Fire Department—which has not hired in six years—with the allocation for the recruitment, training and hiring of 80 new firefighters (first responders in emergency medical situations in the City.
Since Fiscal Year 2001-2002, the City’s full time general fund positions have decreased by 20 percent (or 335 positions). Mayor DeStefano also pointed out that, as a result of recent contract settlements, taxpayers will save approximately $12.5 million over the next four years.