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Hartford mayor's budget proposal calls for 42 layoffs

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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin to discuss his budget proposal with media on Monday. (WFSB file photo) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin to discuss his budget proposal with media on Monday. (WFSB file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The mayor of Hartford released his budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year on Monday afternoon.

Mayor Luke Bronin previously stated that the capital city is in dire straits and is looking at a number of potential cuts.

The city is looking at a $48.5 million deficit and is trying to close it through cuts and cost-saving measures. The budget proposal totals $557 million.

In the proposal, the mayor calls for slashing 100 city jobs through attrition and job elimination, and laying off 42 employees across all departments. That's about $15.5 million.

A press release said the mayor focused on five principles to form his budget proposal, which included: "refusing to raise the mill rate; making realistic projections; finding sustainable savings; staying away from selling assets that generate recurring revenue; and continuing to deliver essential services and invest in our future."

The proposal also calls for "drastic funding reductions for external agencies and organizations as well as the elimination of city subsidy for parades and festivals."

Bronin said the proposal assumes $15.5 million in savings, resulting from union negotiation, and $1 million in comparable non-union employee compensation changes.

"We've got to get to that number. Because if we don't it means even deeper, more difficult cuts or it means we failed to balance this budget," Bronin said.

Hundreds of people protested at the City Council meeting earlier this month. Protesters said there are other ways to solve the city’s financial crisis than the state taking over the union contracts. 

While this year's budget is still $11 million short, the mayor said to meet next year's budget plan it will require draining the $11 million that's left in the rainy day fund, and sign over the assets of Batterson Park, which they mayor said is worth about $5 million, over to the pension plan.

City Council President Thomas Clark II said "It's going to be a very ugly budget, hard to swallow. As a council we're going to be going through it next week."

Bronin said it is going to have to be an honest collaborative discussion with neighboring cities and towns.

To read the mayor's full recommended budget, click here.

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