Boston city council approves $3.6 billion operating budget

Boston City Council approves operating budget

BOSTON — Boston’s operating budget has been signed off by the City Council; the $3.6 billion budget will go into effect on July 1st. 

City Councilors Julia Mejia and Michelle Wu were among the five councilors who voted no.

“This is an opportunity for people to recognize how important their voice is and how much our vote matters in this process,” said Mejia.

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“It’s time to change the game,” said Wu. “We are at an important point in our city’s history and national conversation about what it means to really change it systemic racism.”

The mayor’s second budget proposal cut 10% from the Boston Police Department budget.  

That money will go to other programs to help treat people battling mental health issues, addiction and homelessness. Some of the councilors wanted to use this moment to make bigger changes.

Councilor Andrea Campbell said in her comments before the vote that, "I and many of my colleagues and our incredible resident leaders have been sounding the alarm for ways to address existing and persisting inequities and today with this budget we are far from address these decades of concern."

“Certainly we are not going to fix every problem tomorrow and we all understand there are trade offs to be made in every case but we need to see the beginnings of a plan and we need to see that the funding and the budget numbers are are tied to actual steps that will deliver change,” said Wu.

“With this budget, we are making investments that are grounded in equity and inclusion and will have the greatest benefit to our residents. I want to thank members of the Boston City Council for passing this budget that is fiscally responsible, makes significant investments in new community-led programs, and that takes bold steps towards our pledge of creating a more just and equitable society. I look forward to our continued collaboration by listening to residents and advocates and investing and acting on the reforms needed to address structural racism.”
Mayor Marty Walsh