Office of Management, Budget, Grants, and Revenue

The Office of Management, Budget and Grants provides professional, robust and accurate financial forecasting, budget development and fiscal control, operations analysis, and grants management to Hartford’s elected leadership, executive management, department directors and constituents enabling them to make informed decisions regarding the allocation and use of resources required to achieve City goals. The Office of Management, Budget and Grants strives to maximize leveraging of state, federal and local grant opportunities to fund programs and services that will benefit the citizenry of the City of Hartford. 

Department Head

Julian Freund

Director of Management, Budget, Grants, and Revenue.


Julian Freund

  Director of Management, Budget, Grants, and Revenue  


Dave Beck


Assistant Director Special Projects



Damaris Diaz


Sr. Administrative Assistant


Budget Development & Control

Jeff Hallin


Assistant Director



Ranbir Gujral


Management Analyst



Ian Stratton 


Management Analyst



Christopher Lamperelli


Management Analyst


Central Grants Administration        

Sheryl Horowitz, PhD





Walter Drost


Project Manager



Ronnie Vazquez


Project Manager



 Dalia Ajodhi   Senior Project Manager   860-757-9277
 Amanda Herzog   Senior Project Manager   860-757-9894
Revenue Management and Collection      

Jacquelyn Pesquira


Principal Administrative Analyst




Tentative Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Calendar

Below is a tentative calendar of key milestone dates for the City of Hartford’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget process. This process will establish the City’s operating and capital budgets for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2024 and ends on June 30, 2025.

Some of the dates below are subject to change. This page will be updated as additional dates and events are scheduled.




March 25, 2024

Mayor Submits the Mayor’s Recommended Budget to the Council Through the City Clerk

April 3, 2024

Public Hearing on the Budget

April 10, 2024 - May 6, 2024

Department Presentation & Budget Meetings

May 7, 2024

Final Public Hearing on the Budget

May 13, 2024

Council Recesses Regular Council Meeting

May 20, 2024

Council Reconvenes to Begin Budget Deliberations

May 21, 2024

Last Day for Council to Adopt the Budget

May 24, 2024

Council Transmits the Adopted Budget through the Clerk to the Mayor

May 27, 2024

Mayor Transmits Actions to the Adopted Budget through the Clerk to the Council

June 3, 2024

Last Day for Final Action - Council Transmits the Adopted Budget through the Clerk to the Mayor

July 1, 2025

Start of FY2025

*Some dates are subject to change. Council may amend dates within the parameters of Charter requirements.      


In December 2017, the City of Hartford requested Tier 3 designation under the Municipal Accountability Review Board (MARB) in order to access additional tools in achieving long-term fiscal sustainability in exchange for significant accountability and oversight. The City was approved as a Tier 3 municipality in 2018. As a Tier 3 municipality under MARB oversight, the City of Hartford is required to submit and present at a public meeting monthly financial reports to ensure the City is operating with fiscal diligence in conformity with the annual budget and broader financial plan. The City’s General Fund Recommended Budget must be reviewed by the MARB on an annual basis and the revenue assumptions must be approved by the MARB. Any union tentative agreements must also be reviewed by the MARB.

In March 2018, the City entered into a contract assistance agreement with the State of Connecticut to service the approximately $540 million in current general obligation debt service until such debt was retired. This agreement is backed by the full faith and credit of the State of Connecticut. As part of this agreement, the City of Hartford is subject to considerable financial oversight and is precluded from going into the bond market for at least the next five years. There are also limitations on the issuance of new debt for a ten-year period following the end of MARB oversight. Under the contract assistance agreement, the City must fully fund the Municipal Employee Retirement Fund (MERF) actuarially determined employer contribution (ADEC) and is precluded from accumulating general fund operating deficits above 1% or more per the most recently completed fiscal year’s independent audit. The City is also precluded from having an operating general fund deficit 1.5% or greater of average general fund revenue over two consecutive years, or having a cumulative unassigned fund balance deficit of 1.5% or more. Lack of compliance with such requirements would trigger a default, thus placing the City in Tier 4 full oversight.

The City of Hartford provided a 5-year Municipal Recovery Plan to the MARB in March 2018, which identified revenue and expenditures assumptions, contract assistance for debt service, labor concessions, economic development goals and initiatives to generate Grand List growth, as well as revenue and expenditure initiatives, the combination of which provided a pathway to fiscal balance. Such plan required the City to shift to a pay-as-you-go Capital Improvement Program, whereby the capital expenditure program is funded primarily from the General Fund. Such plan was reviewed in detail by the full MARB and a subcommittee thereof and approved in June 2018. The City will resubmit an updated Five-Year Financial Forecast annually in concert with the Mayor’s Recommended General Fund Budget.