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Mayor Segarra, Hartford City Council Announce Budget Agreement

(May 21, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, City Council President Shawn T. Wooden and the Hartford City Council today announced a budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 that continues to fund top priorities in public safety, economic development and infrastructure improvements to streets and sidewalks. 

The budget contains no mill rate increase, funds a new police class of 20 along with an additional 10 cadets, and contains no reduction in essential city services. The new police class is scheduled to start in January of 2015.

There is no draw down to the Rainy Day Fund Balance and no transfer of city assets to the pension fund.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 “We have worked very hard to come to a realistic consensus on a budget that does not place additional burden on taxpayers, keeps our neighborhoods safe, does not strip core public services and protects the quality of life of all Hartford residents, said Mayor Segarra. “We have proven time and again that we can hold the line on our spending while still making the necessary investments to strengthen and preserve economic growth and protect our most vulnerable citizens. Like all budget seasons we were faced with some real challenges and tough decisions but in the end we did what we had to do to protect Hartford families and to keep the momentum we’ve seen in the capital city over the last few years.”

Council President Wooden said “The Council's priority has always been not to increase taxes on our residents and businesses. We were able to achieve that without compromising essential services or the safety of our neighborhoods. This was a very difficult budget and I'm proud of what we accomplished.”

The budget, which takes effect on July 1, includes a fully funded pension contribution and the creation of a Hartford Committee on the Restructuring of City Government.

Specifically, this committee will:

·        Identify long-term solutions to achieve increased revenue and cost savings

·        Track the implementation of legislative action resulting from the budget process

·        Propose ideas to make city government more efficient and effective going forward without raising real estate taxes

The Committee, which is to be confirmed by July 1, 2014, will have joint appointments from the Mayor and City Council and includes experts in City government and labor unions representatives. They will provide quarterly recommendations, the first of which are due December 30, 2014.

 “The biggest challenges we face are the rising cost of pension and medical benefits as well contractual salary increases,” said Mayor Segarra. “Our fixed costs are higher than our revenues and that model is not sustainable. As I said before, we are As we move forward, both the Mayor’s Office and City Council are committed to starting a process of strategic planning, encompassing all stakeholders, with the goal of making structural changes to our operations in order to provide long-term stability and build a sound financial future for the capital city.”

“Hartford's long-term financial stability has been an important topic of conversation between the Mayor and City Council,” said Council President Wooden. “We are committed to identifying efficiencies to ensure Hartford has a healthy financial future.”

City of Hartford’s Yearly Contribution to the MERF from FY 08-09 to Present

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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2014
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The City of Hartford Recognizes May is Mental Health Awareness Month

(May 19, 2014) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra joined organizations across the country in declaring May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the City of Hartford. “Mind Your Health,” this year’s theme, draws attention to the impact of mental health on overall health and wellness.

“Our City has so many individuals and organizations devoted to this topic,” said Mayor Segarra. “Protecting everyone’s health is critical to our community’s well-being.”

Started by Mental Health America in 1949, May is Mental Health Month is an annual, nationwide observance established to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. In addition to outreach and awareness, Mental Health America has developed a series of guides encouraging the public to improve their overall mental health.

• Alcohol Use and Abuse
• Building Social Support
• Supplements: Weighing Benefits and Risks
• Healthy Diet: Eating with Mental Health in Mind
• Getting Help (signs help is needed, types of providers, etc.)
• Stress: Coping with Everyday Problems
• Rest, Relaxation and Exercise

Materials addressing the following areas are available on Mental Health America’s website: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may

This past Saturday, the Connecticut Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held its annual NAMI Walk in Bushnell Park. A copy of the proclamation read can be found here: http://www.hartford.gov/images/mayors/mental_health_proc.pdf. For more information visit their website, http://www.namict.org/nami-ct-annual-walk

 

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For Immediate Release: May 19, 2014
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Today: Mayor Segarra Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for a Town Hall Event on College Readiness and Affordability

(May 19, 2014) Today at 1:40pm, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will welcome U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Hartford for a Town Hall event on college readiness and affordability with students. Also attending will be Governor Malloy, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, Commissioner Stefan Pryor, students and parents.
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WHO: Mayor Segarra, Secretary Duncan, Governor Malloy, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, Commissioner Stefan Pryor, students and parents
WHAT: Town Hall event on college readiness and affordability
WHEN: Friday, May 19, at 1:40pm
WHERE: University High School of Science and Engineering, Mark Twain Dr., Hartford


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For Immediate Release: May 19, 2014
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Friday: Mayor Segarra Participates in Bike to Work Week; Joins Governor Malloy and Coach Kevin Ollie for Unveiling of AAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Logo; Participates in Harvard Pilgrims Health Care and Hands On Hartford Day of Service

(May 15, 2014) Tomorrow morning, Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will welcome participants of Bike to Work Week at the Old State House.

At 11:00am, Mayor Segarra will join Governor Malloy, UConn Coach Kevin Ollie, and Commissioner Mike Aresco for a news conference to unveil the logo for the 2015 American Athletic Conference (AAC) Men's Basketball Tournament.

At 1:30pm, Mayor Segarra will join Representative Douglas McCrory to participate in Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Hands on Hartford's Day of Service promoting fitness and nutrition. Over 30 volunteers will build a community garden at Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School.

WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: Welcomes participants of Bike to Work
WHEN: Friday, May 16, at 8:00am
WHERE: Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford

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WHO: Mayor Segarra, Governor Malloy, Coach Kevin Ollie, AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco, UConn President Susan Herbst, UConn Board of Trustees Chair Lawrence D. McHugh, and Capital Region Development Authority Executive Director Michael W. Freimuth
WHAT: News conference to unveil the 2015 AAC Men's Basketball Tournament logo
WHEN: Friday, May 16, at 11:00am
WHERE: XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford

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WHO: Mayor Segarra, Representative Douglas McCrory
WHAT: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Hands on Hartford's Day of Service
WHEN: Friday, May 16, at 1:30pm
WHERE: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, 25 Ridgefield Street, Hartford

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For Immediate Release: May 15, 2014
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