September 21, 2012

Hartford sets staff cuts, furloughs to make budget

Hartford City Hall.

The city of Hartford laid off 14 workers, eliminated five vacant posts and imposed furloughs on many of its remaining workers, a move Mayor Pedro E. Segarra says was prompted by union opposition to concessions.

The city announced the cuts late Thursday that will save about $700,000 after accounting for cash outs and other employee benefits.

The mayor also said that all nonunion city workers, including police and fire command staff and all non-sworn personnel who make more than $45,000 per year, must take an unspecified number of furlough days.

The layoffs, job eliminations and furloughs, will save the city about $1.1 million this fiscal year, and $2.4 million in fiscal 2013-14, Segarra said.

"As I have said many times, I did not want to lay anyone off,'' he said in a statement. "Every layoff and position that is being eliminated was carefully analyzed to ensure that departmental operations and the delivery of services would remain the same if not improved.''

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