West Hartford Preparing for Potential State Budget Cuts

Governor Rell’s most recent deficit mitigation plan calls for millions in cuts in municipal aid. We spoke with officials to learn how the town is preparing.

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Our June 30th Story on State Budget Cuts

West Hartford Awaits State Budget Outcome

Extended content is available for this story. Click here to see the full, uncut interview with Mayor Scott Slifka.

Today is the last day of the fiscal year for the State of Connecticut. July 1st signals the day towns must figure out another way to pay for programs until the state can work through fiscal problems and adopt a budget of their own.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities held a press conference today to highlight the problems towns are facing in the absence of a state budget. Many communities will spend money out of their reserve accounts in anticipation of a state reimbursement later.

We caught up with Mayor Scott Slifka at the event to hear how West Hartford plans to address the problem.

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Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

Extended Content: Full Length Interviews with Mayor Scott Slifka and Superintendent David Sklarz

The following are full length interviews with Mayor Scott Slifka and Superintendent David Sklarz regarding the 2009 budget process. This piece is from our April 22, 2009 story on the budget process.

West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka’s Complete Interview:Superintendent of Schools David Sklarz’s complete interview:

West Hartford Budget Going to the City Council

Extended content for this story is available. Watch full length interviews with West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka and Superintendent of Schools David Sklarz by clicking here.

The national economy is in a different place than a year ago. Belts are tightening and spending is being reevaluated. This is true of families as well as governments.

The city of West Hartford is no exception. The city is expecting more than five million fewer dollars coming into the city. The losses are accruing through diminished state aid as well as lowered interest income.

The budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2009 has been examined and re-examined to find savings in every way. The city council will vote on adoption of the budget Thursday. The budget is expected to be passed with a zero percent increase from last year.