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Some cities and towns see tax-break deals as key to economic growth

By , and , Hartford Business Journal | August 12, 2019

A number of Connecticut municipalities use tax breaks or incentives to stimulate growth. But for some, particularly cities like Hartford and New Haven with high tax rates, they can be the literal lifeblood of much of the economic development that occurs within their borders. Even towns with lower property-tax rates like Windsor resort to tax-fixing…

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A major tax deal for a prominent Hartford landlord

By and , Hartford Business Journal | August 12, 2019

A recent and notable tax-break deal the city of Hartford hatched in recent years was with one of its most prominent downtown landlords: Shelbourne Global. Shelbourne is a New York realty investor/developer/landlord that has purchased more than $200 million in Hartford real estate over the last few years, including some of downtown’s most prized Class…

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Lack of graduate urban planning programs hurting state

By , Republican American | July 26, 2019

Waterbury— A dry talent pipeline is contributing to economic stagnation in Connecticut’s cities. The state is one of 15 in the country with no accredited, graduate level urban planning programs, which advocates say bring in research dollars, groom qualified professionals and furnish data to inform future investments in development. Mary Donegan, assistant professor in-residence of…

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Solution: Fully fund the state’s PILOT program

By , Hartford Business Journal | July 18, 2019

Municipal leaders in Connecticut are intimately familiar with the state’s own PILOT program, which reimburses cities and towns, at least partially, for state-owned and other tax-exempt properties. The program, which is part of the overall state aid cities and towns receive, has become the subject of much griping over the years as state lawmakers have…

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Solution: Hartford’s largest nonprofits contribute more

By , Hartford Business Journal | July 17, 2019

Hartford Hospital, whose various exempt parcels in the city are assessed at approximately $481 million. There are fewer than a dozen U.S. cities that receive more than $1 million a year in voluntary payments from not-for-profit organizations — like hospitals and colleges — that are exempt from paying property taxes, according to the Lincoln Institute…

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