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Hartford, Connecticut

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Hartford is the capital city in U.S. state of Connecticut.

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records N
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Local Taxes Y
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Last rated on October 28, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[1]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes and agendas are provided.[2][3][4]
  • Elected Officials
    • City council members are listed with contact information.[5]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Officials are listed with contact information on the staff directory sections of each department page.[6]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Information is available regarding building permits and zoning.[7][8]
  • Audits
    • * Audits
    • Audits are posted.[9]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and contracts are posted.[10]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax rate is posted and taxes can be paid online.[11]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • Lobbying information and ethics is not noted.
  • Public Records
    • Does not provide access to public records.

Public Records

In December 2008, the city council approved the formation of a FOI advisory board. The idea was introduced by Councilman Matt Ritter, who "said its purpose is to educate city employees and residents on the Freedom of Information Act, and to serve as a liaison with state FOI officials." The board will consist of three members.[12] After the city council reached it's decision, a technical objection from city attorneys was raised which delayed the board's formation. On February 9, 2009 the council voted again and passed the question 8-0.[13]

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