Hartford City Hall Swings Budget Ax

Mayor Eddie Perez announced plans to eliminate more than 130 city positions due to the struggling economy.

Money-strapped Hartford announced Thursday night that it's eliminating 132 positions within the city.

Mayor Eddie Perez said he must cut $6 million from the 2009-2010 budget.  In order to do that, Perez said 56 city workers will be laid off and 30 unfilled positions will be eliminated. Forty six other workers announced their retirement on Thursday.

Police officers and firefighters will not be affected by the layoffs.

“With the financial crisis impacting cities across the nation and with the announcement by the Governor of deep cuts to the state budget, we had to move decisively to maintain a balanced budget and keep our fiscal house in order," Perez said in a statement. "These layoffs will not impact public safety and have been formulated in a way to maintain the quality of core city services.

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