Joe DeLong, Executive Director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities discusses the new report pointing to reliance on the property tax, as the main reason for the serious budget challenges facing Hartford and three other big cities.
CCM is coming up with a plan to increase regional cooperation and review new taxing options.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities intends to have a comprehensive package of proposals “designed to break new ground” ready in December. The 2017 legislative session opens in January.
The group of top local officials includes Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. The Democrat has been appealing to the capital city’s wealthier neighbors to find regional solutions to help Hartford. The city is facing a massive deficit that’s more than 12 percent of its government budget.