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    New Haven (CT): Grants for ID cards are used up

    New Haven Register
    Grants for ID cards are used up
    Monday, March 15, 2010

    By Elizabeth Benton, Register Staff

    NEW HAVEN — Grants that paid for the first three years of the Elm City ID card have dried up, and, for the first time, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. is proposing that the program be paid for with general funds.

    While it has previously been sustained by annual grants of more than $200,000, the current budget includes only $35,000 for a processing clerk in the office of vital statistics, and $8,500 for supplies, said city spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga. Under the proposed budget, the Office of New Haven Residents that produced the card would close.

    The city has offered the identification cards to residents, regardless of immigration status, since 2007. The cards are accepted identification at several local banks, and can be used for parking meters and to access the city beach, golf course, recycling center and libraries.

    About 4,000 cards were issued last year, as well as 400 within the last two months, Mayorga said.

    “The initial intention was not to fund the Office of New Haven Residents using general fund dollars,
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    They need to shut these cards down all together or find a way to offer them to US citizens and legal immigrants only!

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