The property at that the COO's fiancée 's purchased was owned by ATFH Real Property , LLC. The delinquent taxes on the property listed were $105,413.29.
The initials ATFH jumped out at me. "ATF", not the Federal agency but for American Tax Funding, the same company that the City of Hartford sells it delinquent tax liens to. Interesting that the fiancee' of the COO just happened to buy a lien from the same company that the City of Hartford sold it to.
To be sure I looked up ATFH REAL Property , LLC on the Secretary of the States website. BINGO!
Next I looked up American Tax Funding, the company that the COO and the City of Hartford sell the delinquent tax liens to.
So a quick recap here, The fiancee of the acting COO purchases a Tax Lien at the auction run by the City . The tax Lien that he purchased was in the sale because the Company that the City sold the liens to defaulted on their taxes and became a tax delinquent after foreclosing on the previous property owner and taking the property. Apparently after foreclosing and obtaining the property ATF Real property stopped paying the taxes due to the City of Hartford.
The company that is contracted to help the City of Hartford collect on delinquent taxes , then became a tax delinquent themselves while running up a delinquent tax bill of over $100,000. This is not the only property that ATFH owns in the City..
Now also keep in mind that Saundra Kee-Borges currently wears several hats at City Hall. Two of those hats being those of Chief Operating Officer as well as Corporation Counsel, the attorney for the City of Hartford.
Even though they set up separate corporations, ATF and ATFH are clearly linked, even listing the ATFH properties for sale on the ATF website
One of the responsibilities of the Corporation Counsel is to monitor City contracts and to adhere to and enforce Hartford's municipal code. Section 2-571 of the Municipal Code requires the following
Sec. 2-571. - Obligations of Persons or Candidates seeking a contract or purchase order with the City.
No Contract or purchase order, regardless of how procured, shall be awarded by the City to any Person or Candidate until it is determined that such Person, Candidate or affiliated entity has no delinquent taxes or other financial obligation owed to the City.
If Kee-Borges was paying attention to the code, ATF should have not been allowed to conduct business with the City of Hartford until their property tax obligations were paid.
Who made the decision to ignore Hartford's Municipal code, might it have been either the Chief Operating Officer or the Corporation Counsel? And does it seem to be suspicious that those decisions are now potentially benefiting the decision makers fiancee'?
I think there are some questions here that need to be addressed and answered, probably by an authority outside of and not related to Hartford City Hall.
This doesn't seem to reflect well on that Mayoral makeover.
And just to keep you coming back, this is not the end of the questionable real estate that the COO and her fiancee are being linked to. Keep reading