West Hartford Budget Defeated

Less than 30% of West Hartford’s eligible voters turned out yesterday to vote on the Budget Referendum. Sad. The budget was soundly defeated, as 73% of those that did vote sent the message “Nice try, but go back to the drawing board, we don’t want to be taxed this much.” So now the question is “What exactly will be cut in order to reduce the budget?” Education will most likely be the main target, as

Blue Back Falls Behind…

The Hartford Courant reported today that portions of the Blue Back Square project have fallen behind schedule. While construction delays are common with new development projects, Town Manager Jim Francis reports that he is confident that the grand opening scheduled for November 1 is still on track. A nice surprise was that the estimated tax revenue of Blue Back this year was initially projected at $500,000. They are now estimating tax revenue of $828,000. Hopefully

Celebrate West Hartford- June 2 & 3

Every year West Hartford has a weekend-long community celebration. This year’s event will take place next weekend on June 2 and 3. You can enjoy a multitude of vendors selling arts and crafts, games and rides for kids, a 5K race, and some great food. The celebration takes place in West Hartford Center along Main Street. Celebrate West Hartford is held rain or shine. Make plans to stop by for a few hours to check

A Referendum on the Way in West Hartford?

According to an article today in the Hartford Courant, the West Hartford Taxpayers Association (WHTA) is about 400 signatures away from forcing a referendum on the recently adopted town budget. While I understand the concern that property taxes will rise by approximately 6.6% for all West Hartford homeowners, I don’t believe cutting the budget is the way to go. West Hartford draws and retains residents because of the perception of excellent services and the public