What Information is contained in the Bond Database?
The database has a number of fields that have information about
projects financed by state bond funds. Each record contains the
following data and more:
Meeting date - the date of the meeting that the State Bond Commission authorized and
allocated funding for the project.
- Public Act or Special Act and Section - the specific
statutory reference under which bond funding was authorized in
legislation approved by the Connecticut General Assembly and the
Primary recipient or
beneficiary of the funds - identifies the type of entity
that is either receiving or directly benefiting from the bond funds.
Analysts in the Office of the State Comptroller made judgments from
a group of choices that included state agencies,
universities/community-technical colleges, municipalities,
for-profit organizations, non-profit organizations and multiple
recipients. A brief explanation of each recipient category follows:
- State agencies - includes state agencies except higher
- Universities/Community-Technical Colleges - includes state
higher educational institutions, such as the University of
Connecticut, the University of Connecticut Health Center, the
Connecticut State University system, or one of the Regional
Municipalities - This category includes Connecticut cities and towns, school
districts, local housing authorities, or regional quasi-public
entities. In addition, a judgment was made to include local
economic development authorities or corporations in this category
when a particular municipality benefited from a project within its
- For-profits - includes private sector, for-profit firms.
- Non-profits - includes 501 (c) (3), not for profit
- Multiple recipients - this category captures multi-sector
projects that are cooperative by nature. Examples include joint
research and development efforts involving state universities and
private sector firms.
Primary use of the funds -
this field identifies what the bond funding is purchasing. Analysts
in the Office of the State Comptroller made judgments from a group
of choices that included buildings, facilities and grounds; land
acquisition; equipment or information technology; infrastructure;
studies/research and development; environmental remediation; and
miscellaneous/other. A brief explanation of each category follows:
- Buildings, facilities and grounds - primarily includes
construction of buildings as well as remodeling or renovation
projects, and improvements to property and grounds.
- Land acquisition - includes the purchase of land or property
- Equipment or information technology - Includes the purchase
and installation of equipment, machinery and information
- Infrastructure - Primarily includes construction or
improvements to roads, bridges, dams and sewers or sewage
- Studies or research and development - Includes various types
of studies, evaluations and assessments as well as research and
- Environmental remediation - Includes various types of
environmental clean-up activities.
- Miscellaneous/other - Includes activities that do not fall
within any of the other categories listed. Examples include seed
money for a small business loan fund or funds for job training.
Program area - This field identifies the specific program category under which
the bond project falls. Analysts in the Office of the State
Comptroller made judgments from a group of choices that included
education or libraries; environment; parks, recreation and open
space; housing; economic development; urban or community
development; health, social or human services; corrections; justice,
public safety or military; transportation; cultural resources;
general government/administration and other. A brief explanation of
each program category follows:
- Education or libraries - includes projects related to schools - primary, secondary and higher education
- as well as
- Environment - includes projects promoting clean air or clean
water, various environmental improvements and flood control
- Parks, recreation and open space - includes projects that
develop or improve parks, create recreational opportunities and
increase the amount of land preserved for open space.
- Housing - includes projects related to developing or improving
various types of housing.
- Economic development - includes projects that involve various
economic development activities that promote business growth and
- Urban or community development - includes development projects
that promote community revitalization within a specific
municipality or region.
- Health, social or human services - includes activities
involving health (clinics or hospitals) and various kinds of human
and social service programs, including child care centers, senior
centers, youth organizations and multi-purpose human resource
- Corrections - includes projects involving prisons and
- Justice, public safety or military - includes activities
related to the courts and the justice system (other than prisons),
the state police and the National Guard.
- Transportation -includes transportation-related projects
involving roads, bridges, highways, ports, railways, and airports.
- Cultural resources - primarily includes projects related to
the arts or historic preservation.
- General government/administration - includes general
government administrative activities and items where several
agencies are involved and it is not easy to separate out
allocations by program area.
- Other - Includes activities that do not fall within any of the
other categories listed.
- Allocation - amount of funding authorized and allocated
by the State Bond Commission for the project on the particular