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NEW BRITAIN — Saying she expects a 5 percent reduction in municipal aid, Mayor Erin Stewart has ordered a freeze on new hires and discretionary spending.

Stewart issued the order Monday morning. Under the directive, no new hires will be allowed unless they are currently in process or are critical to health and safety.

Stewart told FOX 61 that the city relies heavily on state aid, and because of the state’s budget crisis there’s no telling how much money will be cut from municipal aid.

She has also put a stop to overtime spending and all purchase orders will be closely monitored. Purchases will only be approved if a work stoppage would result otherwise.

Stewart will present her budget to the Common Council on April 13 in response to the council’s proposal of a budget with an 8.6 percent increase earlier this month.