(May 31, 2013) – Today, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra made the following statement regarding the fiscal year 2013/14 adopted budget:
“All along I’ve fought for a budget that does not compromise public safety, does not hinder essential services and doesn’t increase taxes on residents and businesses. With Council’s support, we accomplished that today. This budget allows the Hartford Police Department to keep their new incoming class in 2014 and keep community policing intact. These efforts alone will ensure that Hartford remains a safe urban area."
(May 30, 2013) – Tomorrow, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will join Congressman John B. Larson and First Lady of Connecticut Cathy Malloy to unveil plans for a new Children's Fitness/Wellness Center in Hartford. In partnership with Family Life Education, the center is part of an initiative to address high obesity rates among preschool children in Hartford. A 2012 study commissioned by the City and conducted by the University of Connecticut’s Center for Public Health and Health Policy reported that 37% of Hartford preschool children are overweight and obese. The Fitness/Wellness center, the first of its kind, will provide urban families free access to comprehensive fitness and health programs.
(May 23, 2013) – Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra filed a response to City Council’s recommended budget cuts and made the following statement:
”What I submitted to Council today represents the compromise necessary to keep City services and public safety in tact in the way our constituents need and deserve. Council proposed $8.6 million in additional cuts but did not factor in attrition therefore the total reduction is approximately $7 million. I am proposing a net decrease of approximately $3.9 million for a total spending reduction of over $50 million dollars for FY13/14. Accordingly, the anticipated drawdown balance of the Fund Balance will be approximately $9.7 million dollars (a reduction of $3.87 million dollars and will leave a fund balance of approximately $16 million dollars). As promised, there will be no mill rate increase. The proposed modifications were done in consultation with my finance team and reviewed by Special Assistant Al Ilg.
(May 22, 2013) – The City of Hartford is another step closer to achieving Mayor’s Segarra’s goal of creating sustainable and livable neighborhoods, thanks to a $1.5 Million grant from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development.