New Haven Mayor Toni Harp presented her fiscal year 2020 budget Thursday, proposing $9.5 million be added to the city’s budget.
The mayor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 does not include a mill rate increase.
The proposed $556.6 million budget includes $4.5 million more set aside for the police and fire pension plans. The city has budgeted to add new jobs in city services and parks and recreation including tree trimmers, tree farmers and a tree foreman along with traffic and parking department positions and positions for the Commission on Equal Opportunity. It’s a budget Harp says maintains essential public safety, public education and social services programs.
“We send a clear signal to city residents, it’s property owners, business operators, private sector investors and everyone else that New Haven stands tall,” Harp said.
The budget also includes a slight increase to the Board of Education’s funding and a two-year capital borrowing program which city leaders say will save New Haven funding on what it costs the city to borrow funds.
The proposed budget will now head to the Board of Alders which will spend the next few months reviewing the budget in committee meetings and public hearings. The deadline for them to decide on the budget is early June.
If passed the budget will go into effect July 1.