The City’s financial position is rarely discussed directly. It’s not a sexy topic, and can be discouraging.
However, the restrictions it imposes influence all other decisions and priorities. Most discussions about Hartford’s goals are really conversations about the budget.
Want to improve the educational environment for the City’s children? Great, figure out how to fund the changes.
Hope to improve public safety? Super, let’s look at what that might cost.
Plan to encourage job creation within the City? Excellent idea, though don’t overlook the impact of the mill rate on commercial property owners.
Hartford cannot make meaningful and sustained progress on any issues without first addressing the budget.