A year ago, the state gave the city of Hartford a bailout to keep it afloat, so what have they done with the money?
“We tackled our budget crisis directly, honestly. Build partnerships. But most importantly, we made a long-term plan,” he stated.
Mayor Bronin said all you have to do is just look around the city in the neighborhoods, and things are better. He explained that they’re not perfect, they have a way to go, but did right with the money given to them by the state.
Hyacinth Yennie lives in Hartford and is a neighborhood leader. Of all of the State of the State speeches, and she has heard many, she said this one was the most honest.
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From cleaning up neighborhoods to opening new businesses, she said Hartford is turning a corner, especially with the building of the new Dillon Stadium for a pro soccer team.
“I am very excited about that. That is progress for us. There are going to be a whole lot of people coming through the city of Hartford now… My neighborhood is coming along, but we have to focus on the blight, like the boarded-up houses, get them back on the tax roll, clean up our empty lots,” Yennie said.
Mayor Bronin added that one of the reasons why Hartford has struggled over the years is because about half of the buildings in the city are not taxable because they are state entities. That lost revenue puts the city at a disadvantage.
With the bailout and a long-term plan, he believes they can overcome it.