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FY2024 City Council Legislative Budget Review

We'll be updating this page with information regarding the Fiscal Year 2024 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 FY23. The upcoming fiscal year will be FY24.

FY24 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. The Council will also have working sessions to discuss potential amendments.

Most Council hearings will be held in the Iannella Chamber, Fifth Floor, Boston City Hall or virtually via Zoom. 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 welcome 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!

Upcoming Hearings

Upcoming Hearings
More FY24 Budget hearings

Full Schedule

Topic Public Notice
Operating Budget Overview Monday, April 24, at 10 am. 
(Iannella Chamber)
Capital Overview Monday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m.

Law Department

Treasury Department 

Auditing Department

Law Revolving Fund

Tuesday, April 25, at 10 a.m.

Arts & Culture

Sports, Tourism & Entertainment

Arts & Culture Revolving Funds

Tourism Revolving Fund 

Tuesday, April 25, at 2 p.m.

Boston Public Health Commission

  • Mental Health
  • Recovery
Thursday, April 27, at 10 a.m.

Boston Public Health Commission

  • Physical Health
Thursday, April 27, at 2 p.m.


Topic Public Notice

Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT)

PEG Access Fund

Monday, May 1, at 10 a.m.

Parks Department

Environment Department 

Food Justice

Environment Revolving Funds

Parkman Fund 

Monday, May 1, at 2 p.m.
Public Testimony Tuesday, May 2 at 2 p.m.

Office of Language and Communications Access (LCA)

Immigrant Advancement (MOIA)

Disabilities Commission 

Veterans Services (VETS)

Thursday, May 4, at 10 a.m.

Age Strong Commission 

Women's Advancement (MOWA)

Office of Early Childhood

Monday, May 8, at 10 a.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

Office of Police Accountability & Transparency (OPAT)

Monday, May 8, at 2 p.m.

(Iannella Chamber)

Office of Black Male Advancement (OBMA)

Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement 

Office of Returning Citizens (ORC)

Office of Human Services

Tuesday, May 9, at 10 a.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

Amendments Working Session

  • OBM
  • Parks
  • BPHC
  • Equity
  • Streets
  • Legal

Wednesday, May 10, at 3 p.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Police Department (BPD)

BPD Revolving Funds

Thursday, May 11 at 10 a.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Police Department (BPD)

  • Grants
  • Reform
  • Community Programs
  • Crisis Response
Thursday, May 11, at 2 p.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

BPS - Schools

  • Weighted Student Funding 
  • Enrollment Projections
  • Schools with Declining Budgets
  • Opportunity Index
  • Transformation Schools
Monday, May 15, at 10 a.m.
(Iannella Chamber)
Boston Fire Department (BFD) Tuesday, May 16, at 10 a.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

Public Testimony

  • BPD
  • BFD
  • Safety
  • BEMS

Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m.

(First Parish Dorchester)

Amendments Working Session

  • OBM
  • Legal
Thursday, May 18, at 10 a.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

Amendments Working Session

  • BTD
  • Streets
  • PWD
  • 311
  • ISD
Thursday, May 18, at 2 p.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

BPS - Enrichment 

  • Arts and Music
  • Athletics
  • After School Programming 
  • Tutoring 
  • Summer Learning
  • Partnerships 
Monday, May 22, at 10 a.m.

Mayor's Office of Housing (MOH)

Fair Housing

Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)

Grow Boston

Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

Public Works Department (PWD)

Transportation Department (BTD)

Wednesday, May 24, at 3:30 p.m. 
(Iannella Chamber)

Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)

  • Development Review
  • Compliance 
  • Real Estate
  • Finance
  • Planning 
  • Research
  • ODEI
Thursday, May 25, at 10 a.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

Amendments Working Session

  • BPS
  • OBM

Thursday, May 25, at 2 p.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

Carryover Friday, May 26, at 10 a.m.

Supplier and Workforce Diversity

Center for Working Families 


Small Business Development 

Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion

Human Resources 

Tuesday, May 30, at 10 a.m.

Office of Emergency Management

Boston EMS

Tuesday, May 30, at 2 p.m.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families

BCYF Revolving Fund

Youth Engagement & Opportunity

Youth Engagement & Advancement

Boston Public Schools (BPS)

Wednesday, May 31, at 3 p.m.
Topic Public Notice
Amendments Working Session Thursday, June 1, at 10 a.m.
(Iannella Chamber)

Boston 311

Civic Organizing 

Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS)

Friday, June 2, at 10 a.m.

BPS - Operations

  • School Admissions and Assignment System
  • BPS Transportation
  • Food & Nutrition Services
  • School Safety 
  • Admin Budget/Central Office
  • Human Capital (including Diversity, Recruitment, Evaluation, Staff Retention)
  • Procurement 

BPS Revolving Funds

Monday, June 5, at 10 a.m.

BPS - Academics

  • Opportunity and Achievement Gap
  • Curriculum
  • Code of Conduct
  • English Learners
  • Special Education & Inclusion
  • Literacy
  • Early Education/Universal Pre-K
  • Special Curricular Programs (AP, Credit Recovery, Age 22)
  • Vocational Education
  • Graduation & Career Readiness
  • Libraries
  • MCAS
  • Office of Elementary Schools
  • Office of Secondary Schools
Monday, June 5, at 2 p.m.
Amendments Working Session Tuesday, June 6, at 10 a.m.
(Iannella Chamber)


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