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SOLUTIONS FOR CONNECTICUT’S CITIES

The Cities Project is collaborative journalism and reporting on how to revitalize Connecticut cities from The Connecticut Mirror, Connecticut Public Radio, Hearst Connecticut Media, The Hartford Courant, the Republican-American (of Waterbury), the Hartford Business Journal, and Purple States.

Are parking lots undervalued?

By , Hartford Business Journal | July 19, 2019

A proposal a few years ago to begin taxing land in Hartford at a higher rate, while assessing a separate, lower tax on property (a land value tax) was dropped after it failed to gain momentum. But there is some sympathy for the idea that surface lots in the city are undervalued and under-taxed. Michael…

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Downtown Hartford has a glut of parking lots some say could hold the key to growing the city’s grand list

By , Hartford Business Journal | July 19, 2019

At the tail-end of 2017, Hartford became one of only a handful of U.S. cities to do away with minimum-parking requirements for developers who want to construct or renovate buildings within its borders. The move marked an aggressive step by city officials who want to transform Hartford from a commuter city that empties each day…

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Commentary: Local option sales taxes and/or income taxes: NOT a solution

By , CT Viewpoints | July 18, 2019

A recent article in the Hartford Business Journal, published as part of the “The Cities Project,” a collaboration among the HBJ, the CT Mirror, Connecticut Public Radio, Hearst Connecticut Media, the Hartford Courant, the Waterbury Republican-American, and Purple States, suggests that a solution to the revenue shortfall in cities might be the use of revenue…

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Why Midsize Cities Struggle to Catch Up to Superstar Cities

By , New York Times | July 17, 2019

Click photo to read New York Times story by Eduardo Porter.

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What about city spending?

By and , Hartford Business Journal | July 16, 2019

In this second week of our series, most of the ideas explored as potential ways to shore up the city’s finances and lower the mill rate involve raising additional tax revenue or shifting the tax burden from one group to another. Of course, the amount the city spends on municipal and education services correlates directly…

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Solution: Sell off state properties in Hartford

By and , Hartford Business Journal | July 16, 2019

Former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy became one of Hartford’s most active landlords during his eight years in office, having approved the purchase of two major downtown office buildings for a combined $52.5 million — 450 Columbus Blvd. (formerly known as Connecticut River Plaza) and 55 Farmington Ave. (formerly owned by The Hartford). Those purchases, covering…

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Solution: Rebalance the city’s tax burden

By and , Hartford Business Journal | July 16, 2019

Hartford is the only municipality in Connecticut allowed to treat residential property owners differently from owners of commercial or industrial property. Homeowners in Hartford pay taxes on 35 percent of the market value of their properties, while commercial owners pay taxes on 70 percent of market value, like the rest of Connecticut. That bifurcated structure,…

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Solution: Fully fund the state’s PILOT program

By , Hartford Business Journal | July 16, 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 16, 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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Solution: Alternative revenue sources could bolster city budget, lower tax rate

By and , Hartford Business Journal | July 16, 2019

In the midst of the last recession, Massachusetts lawmakers — a place where, like Connecticut, municipalities rely heavily on property taxes — gave their cities and towns a powerful new revenue-raising tool. Since 2009, by vote of a local selectboard or city council, municipalities have been able to tack on 0.75 percentage points to the…

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