Mayor Bloomberg cuts 1.78 billion from city budget, approximately 10 percent of his net worth. Showing that no citizen can escape his responsibilities, he hits the rich by putting more parking meters in lower Manhattan. For the rest the city, he plans to balance the budge by: •Hiking the price of school lunches from $1.50 to $2.50. The move applies to families that pay full price for lunch — about 25% of students. Students currently paying a reduced price will end up getting lunch for free. The change is expected to raise more than $30 million over four years. •Raising parking fees in metered spots south of 96th St. in Manhattan from $3 to $3.50 an hour. From 96th St. to 110th St., the rate would go from $1 to $1.50. Hourly and long term rates at city parking lots and garages will also go up . . . . •Calling off the reopening of the Queens Detention Complex, which had been scheduled for January, and getting rid of 470 uniformed Correction slots through attrition. Another 259 civilian employees of the Department of Correction will be eliminated through attrition. •Cutting after school program seats in the Out of School Time program to save $10 million. •Laying off staff in the Health Department’s HIV, immunization, childcare inspections, and pest control programs. Officials warn that the cuts may lead to delays in notification of sexual partners of people with HIV. •Eliminating funding for four school health centers and for vision screenings for kindergartners and first graders.
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