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 FY22. The upcoming fiscal year will be FY23.
FY23 City Council Review Process
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 Tania Fernandes Anderson. 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.
All the Council hearings will be held in the Iannella Chamber, Fifth Floor, Boston City Hall. The public is encouraged to watch all the hearings and working sessions via livestream or broadcast on Xfinity Channel 8, RCN Channel 82, and Fios 964.
Public testimony is welcome and encouraged at all departmental hearings, as well as at dedicated public testimony hearings. See below for the hearing calendar and ways to testify!
AMENDMENT of the Municipal Budget, Return and Modification
The Charter Amendment passed by the Council and approved by voters in 2021 granted the Council new authority to amend the Mayor's proposed budget. Using this authority, the Council passed an amended budget on June 8, 2022.
The Charter then provides the Mayor an opportunity to return the Council's amended budget with modifications, which occurred on June 15, 2022.