FY23 Budget Engagement
The FY23 Budget was informed by residents, who shared their thoughts with the City through a series of listening sessions and an online survey. Read about the public engagement process below, and visit the Featured Analysis pages at budget.boston.gov to learn about the transformative investments that were shaped by public feedback.
Budget Engagement Overview
In early 2022, Mayor Michelle Wu and the Office of Budget Management (OBM) announced a listening tour and multilingual digital survey in partnership with the Boston City Council. The listening sessions sought to both educate residents and solicit public feedback, ahead of the Mayor submitting the Recommended Budget to the City Council. At the sessions, OBM outlined the budget process and highlighted changes made through the recent ballot initiative vote. Through its passage, it alters the City Council’s role in approving the budget and calls for the creation of a participatory budgeting model.
The budget is the most direct way the City of Boston invests in the quality of life of its residents. Community engagement ensures that the City is spending its resources equitably and that the process is accessible for residents. Feedback received through the listening sessions and survey have shaped transformative investments in the FY23 Operating Budget, FY23-27 Capital Plan, and federal recovery funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).