Management & Budget
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Hartford, CT 06103 Tel:(860)757-9550Fax:(860)722-6158
About the Budget
The City of
Hartford's budget is a plan for the future.
The budget represents a 12 month period, starting from July 1 and ending
on June 30. Since it covers parts of two calendar years it is referred
to as the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget.
Following the governing rules of the Hartford City Charter, the budget
presents City policies, the activities needed to carry out those
policies, and the resources required to accomplish the activities. It
shows areas where funding comes from, such as grants and local taxes. It
also shows where funding gets spent, like on education, public safety,
libraries and more.
Traditionally, budgets allocate monies to departments for items such as
salaries and supplies using the prior year's amount as a base. This
year's budget starts with a zero base and allocates funds for programs
and activities. It emphasizes positive results by focusing on the City's
The budget is created and implemented using a set process. Based on
required laws and information from the community, goals and objectives
are identified by the Mayor and the Court of Common Council. Activities,
linked to the City's goals, are then developed. The activities are
described in the budget document to specifically state what an activity
does, for whom and why it is valuable. The City and its departments are
then responsible for completing the activities to meet the goals.
In sum, the budget states what the City wants to do, charts a course of
action and accomplishes results to benefit and serve the Hartford
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