BOARD OF ALDERMEN APPROVE CITY BUDGET FOR FY 2009
(6/3/2008) (NEW HAVEN)— Late Monday evening, the Board of Aldermen approved the City’s Fiscal Year 2008-2009 proposed budget. This year’s budget represents an increase of 2.31 percent over Fiscal Year 2008’s budget.
“This budget is based on hard choices but we are pleased to have been able to balance it without raising the mill rate,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “We are hopeful that in special session the state will keep its commitment to the real estate conveyance tax and early reading success, a program that affects thousands of our Kindergarteners, 1st and 2nd graders. This isn’t over. Given the $14 million shortfall we had to solve, we’ve come a long way but we still rely on $6 million in labor concessions that we need to work together to achieve. At the end of the day, we will get through this together.”
Principal programs in this year’s budget include:
• Maintaining our commitment to public safety by protecting funding for a new class of 55 in the Police Academy. This class will ensure that we continue to improve our model of community policing City-wide.
• New Fire Class. Scheduled to begin later this year, this budget allows for a new class of firefighters, the City’s first responders for most medical and fire emergencies having handled 21,000 calls in 2007.
• Over $4 Million in Capital Budget for Neighborhood Improvements and Maintenance. This year’s Capital Budget includes investments in traffic calming, street lights, street trees, library improvements, West Rock Redevelopment, Façade improvements for small businesses and more.
• The new budget includes continues to support vital youth programming such as Youth @ Work, Open Schools and Capacity-building grants for youth-serving programs.
“These decisions involved difficult decision making but thanks to the cooperative work of the Board of Aldermen, Department Heads and the Office of Management and Budget, we’ve achieved a budget that will preserve the things that are most important to our residents and that will allow New Haven to continue to flourish as a great City in which to live, work and raise families,” said DeStefano.
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