Board of Aldermen Approve City Budget for FY 2010-2011
(5/27/2010) (NEW HAVEN)— In a vote of 22 to 7 the New Haven Board of Aldermen approved the City’s Fiscal Year 2010-2011 proposed budget. This year’s budget freezes the property revaluation phase-in at year two and brings the average homeowner tax increase to four percent or $18 per month.
“This budget is the result of a true collaboration between a lot of people who care deeply about the wellbeing of the City,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “In these difficult economic times, what’s most important is that we were able to protect core services that our residents want and deserve while cutting an additional $6 million in expenditures limiting expenditure growth to 1.64 percent. Further, it’s especially important that this budget supports the City’s priorities of School Change, public safety and growing New Haven.”
Principal programs and initiatives in this year’s budget include:
• School Change: The budget provides for the funding necessary to continue implementing the City’s nationally recognized school reform initiative. School Change will catapult student learning district-wide by narrowing the achievement gap, cutting the drop-out rate and preparing all students to be able to succeed in college.
• Public Safety: The FY 10-11 budget, while delaying the upcoming fire and police classes, provides for the training of new police officers and fire fighters who will join the police and fire departments in the following fiscal year. Further, the budget protects 10 policing districts, current staffing levels, maintaining three and a half minute fire response times and current programs within the City’s public safety agencies.
• Growing New Haven. The budget builds upon the 2.8 percent grand list growth from the current year and protects core programming in New Haven that continues to make New Haven an attractive place in which to live and grow businesses.
• Over $39 Million in Capital Budget for: Neighborhood Improvements, Library Improvements, Splashpads, Police Substation Improvements, Parks Improvements, Fire Apparatus Replacement, Economic Development, Energy Savings Initiatives and Maintenance.
“This budget was achieved thanks to the countless hours of hard work from the Board of Aldermen, City Department Heads and the Office of Management and Budget. While this budget provides a path for us to continue to improve New Haven, there are still hurdles ahead as the State faces significant deficits and the economy continues to create hurdles across the board. 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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