Hartford Decide$ voters were asked to complete an anonymous survey form which included demographic questions. A total of 504 residents completed surveys. Results are shown on the enclosed sheet, along with voting locations.
The voting was the culmination of the year-long Hartford Decide$ process which began in March of 2015 with the creation of a partnership of Hartford 2000, Hartford Public Library, City of Hartford, Leadership Greater Hartford, and MetroHartford Alliance. The partnership worked with Participatory Budgeting, Inc. to bring the concept of participatory budgeting to Hartford. Informational sessions were held in the spring and the City of Hartford set aside $1,250,000 in its Capital Budget for implementation of Hartford Decide$ projects.
Three Community Meetings were held in November and December at which 225 participants discussed Hartford’s assets, issues, and problems and brainstormed ideas for projects to address the issues and problems. (The list of ideas generated in community meetings and on-line are enclosed.) Approximately 40 residents then volunteered to turn ideas into project proposals. Ten Action Teams were formed and, assisted by facilitators and City staff, they created the 22 project proposals which were placed on the ballot.
Community volunteers will now work with City staff to implement the five winning projects.