Hartford ordered to pay millions to local families

HARTFORD —Hartford may now be forced to pay millions of dollars to families who have been forced out of their homes in the capital city in recent years.

A ruling made by a judge in August means the city will have to pay $6.25 million dollars to 1,690 Hartford families, according to the Hartford Courant.

The ruling was made after the city was accused of violating an agreement requiring the city to give financial help to residents forced out of their homes by fires or unlivable conditions.

The city would need to pay the first installment by November 18th and eligible families will have one year from that date to file a claim for a piece of the payout.

The payout could be stalled, however, if the city files an appeal.

Read more about the story in the Hartford Courant.

This ruling comes at a time when Hartford is already facing major financial troubles and questions of whether they will file for bankruptcy.

Fox 61 recently asked Mayor Luke Bronin if bankruptcy was on the horizon.  He said the city is doing what it can to avoid that, including looking into a partnership system with suburban communities that could allow them to share services and costs.

He also acknowledged that the city faces a $50 million hole in the budget and could face a $50 million budget deficit again next year.