Location:
SPECIAL DISTRICTS;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


September 7, 2011

 

2011-R-0325

SPECIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS

By: Rute Pinho, Associate Analyst

This report provides a directory of special services districts (SSDs) in Connecticut.

SSDs are one type of special taxing district Connecticut law authorizes. They are also referred to as business improvement districts. Under CGS 7-339m et seq., a municipality can form a SSD to promote the economic and general welfare of its citizens and property owners. Among other things, the district can (1) acquire and convey real and personal property; (2) provide any service that a municipality can provide, other than education; (3) recommend to the municipality's legislative body that it impose a separate tax on property in the district to support its operations; (4) borrow money for up to one year backed by district revenues; and (5) build, own, maintain, and operate public improvements. Voters in the district must approve its establishment at a referendum.

Table 1 lists the 13 SSDs by town and includes, where available, each SSDs address, contact information, and website. We compiled this list based on Internet searches and with assistance from the Connecticut Main Street Center.

Table 1: Special Services Districts

Location

Name

Address

Phone

Website

Bridgeport

Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District

10 Middle St.

Bridgeport, CT 06604

(203) 335-3800

http://infobridgeport.com/

Danbury

City Center

186 Main St.

Danbury, CT 06810

(203) 792-1711

http://www.citycenterdanbury.com/about/about.htm

Hartford

Hartford Business Improvement District

31 Pratt St.

3rd Floor

Hartford, CT 06103

(860) 728-2274

http://www.hartfordbid.org/

Manchester

Downtown Manchester Special Services District

983 Main Street

Suite 10

Manchester, CT 06040

(860) 645-2101

http://www.downtownmanchester.org/

Middletown

Downtown Business District

330 Main St.

Suite 200

Middletown, CT 06457

(860) 347-1424

http://www.downtownmiddletown.com/default.asp

New Britain

Downtown District

117 West Main St.

New Britain, CT 06051

(860) 229-0878

http://www.newbritaindd.com/index.php

New Haven

Chapel West Special Services District

61 Howe St.

New Haven, CT 06511

(203) 787-3000

N/A

New Haven

Grand Avenue Special Services District

N/A

(203) 777-4282

http://www.grandnewhaven.com/

New Haven

Town Green District

900 Chapel St.

Suite 703

New Haven, CT 06510

(203) 401-4245

http://www.infonewhaven.com/content/town-green-special-services-district

New Haven

Whalley Avenue

300 Whalley Ave.

Suite 206

New Haven, CT 06511

(203) 776-5455

http://www.whalleyssd.org/

New London

City Center District

P.O. Box 1166

New London, CT 06320

N/A

http://nlccd.org/

Stamford

Downtown Special Services District

5 Landmark Sq.

Suite 110

Stamford, CT 06901

(203) 348-5285

http://www.stamford-downtown.com/

West Hartford

Blue Back Square Special Services District

N/A

(860) 561-7420

N/A

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