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FY2025 City Council Legislative Budget Review

We'll be updating this page with information regarding the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget review process.

About the Process

Creation and Approval of the Municipal Budget

The Boston City Charter lays out the responsibilities and timeline for creation and approval of the City budget. The Mayor is in charge of creating the annual City operating budget, and submitting it to the City Council no later than the second Wednesday in April of each year. The City Council is responsible for reviewing this budget proposal, and voting on it no later than the second Wednesday in June. The Mayor also submits to the Council:

  • appropriation orders for public realm improvements, and
  • authorizations for land acquisition and loan orders, which support the City’s Capital Plan.

The City’s fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30. We are currently in FY24. The upcoming fiscal year will be FY25.

FY25 City Council Review Process

The City Council reviews the Mayor’s budget proposal from the end of April until June. This process is run by the Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means, Councilor Brian Worrell. 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. The Council will also have working sessions to discuss potential amendments.

Council hearings will be held in the Iannella Chamber, Fifth Floor, Boston City Hall. The public is encouraged to watch all the hearings via livestream or broadcast on Xfinity Channel 8, RCN Channel 82, and Fios 964.

Public testimony is welcomed and encouraged at all departmental hearings, as well as at dedicated public testimony hearings. Please note that whether the hearings take place in person or virtually, virtual public testimony is always accepted. See below for the hearing calendar and ways to testify!

Full Schedule

Schedule
Topic Public Notice
Administration & Finance: Operating Budget Overview Presentation (incl. Revenue) Monday, April 22, at 10 a.m. 

(Iannella Chamber)
Public Testimony Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)
Capital Budget Overview 

Tuesday, April 23, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Office of Equity

Black Male Advancement

LGBTQ+ Advancement

Women’s Advancement

Tuesday, April 23, at 2 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Transportation Department

Public Works Department

Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Immigrant Advancement

Language & Communications Access

Commission for Persons with Disabilities

Human Rights Commission

Fair Housing

 

Thursday, April 25, at 2 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Inspectional Services Department

Property Management

Public Facilities Department

Monday, April 29, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Public Schools 

  • Inclusion
  • English Language Learners
  • Special Education Services
  • Universal Pre-K

Monday, April 29, at 2 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Public Schools

  • Contracts
  • Transportation 
  • Student Supports & Experience (Athletics, Arts, Partnerships, Music, School Meals)

BPS Transportation Revolving Fund

BPS Technology Revolving Fund

Tuesday, April 30, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Public Schools

  • Curriculum
  • Hub Schools 
  • Career & College Pathways /Vocational Tech
  • Safety

Tuesday, April 30, at 2 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

 

Topic Public Notice

Boston Fire Department

Thursday, May 2, at 2 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Office of Human Services

  • Youth Engagement & Advancement
  • Office of Returning Citizens
  • Office of Early Childhood

Office of Workforce Development 

Office of Youth Employment & Opportunity

Thursday, May 2, at 2 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)
Amendment Working Session 1 Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m.

(Piemonte Room)

Consumer Affairs & Licensing

Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment

Tourism Revolving Fund

Monday, May 6, at 10 a.m.

(Virtual via Zoom)

Economic Opportunity & Inclusion

Supplier Diversity

Labor Compliance & Worker Protections

Monday, May 6, at 2 p.m.

(Virtual via Zoom)

Boston Centers for Youth & Families

Boston Public Library

BCYF Revolving Fund

Tuesday, May 7, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Planning Department

Tuesday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Department of Innovation & Technology

PEG Access Fund

Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Police Department (BPD)

  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse Response
  • Firearms
  • Homicides
  • Surveillance Equipment
  • Cold Cases

Canine Revolving Fund

Fitness Center Revolving Fund

Monday, May 13, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Police Department

  • Overtime
  • Detail System
  • Officer Mental Health
  • Central Booking
Monday, May 13, at 3 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Public Health Commission

  • BPHC Overview
  • Infectious Disease
  • Child Adolescent & Family Health
  • Violence Prevention (including the Neighborhood Trauma Team)
  • Behavioral Health & Wellness
Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Public Health Commission

  • Boston EMS
  • Recovery Services
  • Homeless Services

Tuesday, May 14 at 2 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Veteran Services

Office of Neighborhood Services

  • 311
  • Office of Civic Organizing
Thursday, May 16, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Office of Human Services

  • Youth Engagement & Advancement

Age Strong Commission

Office of Workforce Development

  • Youth Employment and Opportunity

Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m.

(Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School

270 Columbia Road, Boston, MA 02121)

Amendment Working Session 2

Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m.

(Piemonte Room)

Parks and Recreation

Parkman Fund

Monday, May 20, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Housing Authority

Mayor's Office of Housing

Monday, May 20, at 2:00 p.m. 

(Iannella Chamber)

Law Department 

Treasury Department

Tuesday, May 21, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Environment Department 

Office of Food Justice

Conservation Commission Revolving Fund

Distributed Energy Revolving Fund

Tuesday, May 21, at 2 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Public Schools - Long-Term Facilities Plan

  • Mergers/Closures
  • Grade Realignment
  • Enrollment Declines & New Arrivals
  • Staffing
  • Central Office

BPS Facilities Revolving Fund

Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m.

(Iannella Chamber)
Public Testimony Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Amendment Working Session 3

Thursday, May 30, at 2 p.m.

(Piemonte Room)

Amendment Working Session 4

Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m.

(Piemonte Room)
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