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CITY OF HARTFORD AND HARTFORD 2000 HOST THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET

(March 10, 2015) The City of Hartford and Hartford 2000 will partner once again to host The People’s Budget, a two-part workshop designed to engage residents in the budget process. The People’s Budget solicits input from participants about priorities for funding, and includes detailed presentations by City staff, and an opportunity to balance the City’s budget. Participants develop recommendations which are presented to the Mayor and City Council as they prepare their proposed budgets for FY 2015-2016. The People's Budget kicks off Thursday, March 12 at the Downtown Hartford Public Library with refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed by an information session at 6:00 p.m. Department heads will be on site to answer questions. 

“The People’s Budget is part of an ongoing effort to make the City’s budget process open to the public and easy to understand. Feedback from our residents and business owners is valuable and I look forward to hearing their thoughts,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.


Attending the first session is not mandatory for participation in the second session, but it is highly suggested. The second session takes place Saturday, March 21 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Downtown Hartford Public Library. Participants will gather in teams of up to eight people. Teams will be assigned to a computer where they will create a balanced budget using a web-based application called Balancing Act.  This application has been developed and provided free of charge to Hartford 2000 by Engaged Public, a public policy strategy firm based in Colorado. City staff will be available to answer questions.  At the end of the session, each team will present its budget recommendations to the Mayor and members of the City Council. Lunch will be provided. Richard Frieder, director of Community Engagement at Hartford Public Library, and Ted Carroll, president of Leadership Greater Hartford, will moderate.

Hartford 2000 is a coalition of Hartford's 14 Neighborhood Revitalization Zones and the City of Hartford. Hartford 2000 first produced the People's Budget in 2003 and is now partnering with the City of Hartford, Metro Hartford Alliance, Leadership Greater Hartford and the Hartford Public Library to offer a more technologically sophisticated version of the workshop. 

Those planning to attend the second session of the People's Budget are asked to contact Hartford 2000 atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (860)509-3778. 

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WHO: City of Hartford and Hartford 2000

WHAT: The People’s Budget

WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2015; 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Hartford Public Library; 500 Main Street, Hartford

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WHO: City of Hartford and Hartford 2000

WHAT: The People’s Budget

WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2015; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Hartford Public Library; 500 Main Street, Hartford

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HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM