Hartford Mayor, Council Offer Legislative Priorities
Delegation Hears Wish List
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HARTFORD — — Mayor Pedro Segarra and the city council met with Hartford's legislative delegation to share their priorities for the regular session that begins Wednesday.
The city's wish list was extensive.
Instead of presenting a unified set of priorities for the legislators — including three newcomers — who will represent the city for the next two years, Segarra and some members of the city council shared their own priorities. These ranged from proposals to revive the mattress disposal and red light camera bills to a plan that would adopt a uniform statewide vehicle tax rate to a proposal that would reduce the personal property tax burden on small businesses in Hartford.
Segarra's priorities for legislators included the revival of the two bills — one that would allow the use of cameras to catch red-light runners and another that would create a program, funded by mattress manufacturers, to cover the collection and recycling of used mattresses.
Segarra noted that illegal mattress dumping has been an issue in the city, with residents, landlords and even businesses dumping mattresses illegally to avoid disposal fees. Fees can range from $10 to $45 per unit, he said.