Tuesday, April 27, 2021

City of Boson Budget Process Allows Public Participation

The City Council reviews the Mayor’s budget proposal for approximately six weeks. This process is run by the Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means, Councilor Kenzie Bok. This year, the process will involve approximately 30 public hearings, during which time the Council will hear from the departments that comprise the greatest percentage of the operating budget, as well as a few smaller departments. These hearings will also cover revolving funds and other budget-related appropriations. This year, the Council review process will also include working sessions.

All the Council hearings and working sessions will be conducted virtually via Zoom, and will be livestreamed online. The public is encouraged to watch all the hearings and working sessions via the livestream or broadcast on Xfinity Channel 8, RCN Channel 82, and Fios Channel 964.

While participation in working sessions is limited to Councilors only (with the exception of the Community Working Session), public testimony is welcome and encouraged at the hearings. 

Whether you are interested in funding for the Boston Public Schools, Office of Arts & Culture, the Environment (Climate Ready implementation or Landmarks for example), Roads and Transportation, Affordable Housing, there is a budget meeting for you. View the budget hearing calendar and ways to give public comment (testimony).

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