New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - A new fiscal year means a new city budget, but with amulti-million dollar gap, the mayor of New Haven says more cutscould be coming.
Taxpayers streamed into City Hall today to pay their tax bills,which are showing an increase of four-percent. Mayor John DeStefano(D) says residents need to brace for more cuts and that they maynot get services like they used to.
"I know that there are always increases and you just have todeal with it," said Daniella Ragusa of New Haven.
DeStefano warns that tax dollars aren't enough to keep servicesas is because of the $17 million budget hole.
"We can't say on Monday we want to lower taxes and then onTuesday we need more programs and more services. We can't have itboth ways," he said.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Reginald Mayo, says he will belooking closely at staffing levels.
"You look very closely at the school administrators who we cando without," he said.
Meanwhile the chief of police, Frank Limon, says he hopes tomaintain current patrols.
"It's a challenge, but it's doable," he said.
The city will be asking labor unions for concessions. They alsoplan on getting state approval to install
News of the service cuts doesn't sit well with someresidents.
"I don't see it. I don't know if we're getting what we pay for,"said Jerry Fisher.
"It's time for me to get out of this city and move somewhereelse," said Earl of New Haven.
DeStefano says he is also looking to
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