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FY2022 City Council Legislative Budget review

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We'll be updating this page with information regarding the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Review Process.

A message from the chair

Councilor Kenzie Bok, the Ways and Means Chair for the Boston City Council, released a video about this year’s FY22 budget scrutiny process, including information on how you can take part.

For more information about how you can testify, please visit our how-to guide:

Testify on the budget

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 FY21. The upcoming fiscal year will be FY22.

FY22 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 Kenzie Bok. 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. This year, the Council review process will also include working sessions.

All the Council hearings and working sessions will be conducted virtually via Zoom, and will be livestreamed online. The public is encouraged to watch all the hearings and working sessions via the livestream or broadcast on Xfinity Channel 8, RCN Channel 82, and Fios Channel 964.

While participation in working sessions is limited to Councilors only (with the exception of the Community Working Session), public testimony is welcome and encouraged at the hearings. See below for the hearing calendar and ways to testify!

Schedule of Budget Hearings

Please find below the dates, times, and public notices for the budget review working sessions and hearings for Dockets #0524-0531 and companion Dockets #0532-0546. After each event, the video and relevant materials will be posted on the public notice page.

Topic

Working session 

Public hearing 

Admin & Finance:  Budget Overview Presentation (incl. Revenue Overview)

N/A

Monday, April 26, at 10a.m.

Community Working Session: What are Your Questions on the Budget?

Monday, April 26, at 4 p.m.

N/A

Boston Public Schools (BPS): Budget Overview Presentation 

N/A

Tuesday, April 27, at 10 a.m.

BPS School Budgets

N/A

Tuesday, April 27, at 2 p.m.

Public Testimony: What are Your Priorities for an Equitable Recovery?

N/A

Wednesday, April 28, at 6 p.m.

Law Department

Law Revolving Fund

Office of Arts & Culture

A&C Revolving Funds

Office of Tourism, Sports & Entertainment

Tourism Revolving Fund 

N/A

Thursday, April 29, at 10 a.m.

Capital Overview

Public Facilities Department (PFD)

N/A

Thursday, April 29, at 2 p.m.

Environment Department

Environment Revolving Funds

Conservation Commission

Landmarks

Friday, April 30, at 10 a.m.

Monday, May 10, at 10 a.m.

Boston Police Department

BPD Revolving Funds

Friday, April 30, at 10 a.m.

Monday, May 10, at 2 p.m.

BPS Commitment #1 (I): Eliminate Opportunity & Achievement Gaps – Overall Alignment & Wraparound Supports

Tuesday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11, at 10 a.m.

BPS Commitment #1 (II): Eliminate Opportunity & Achievement Gaps – Specialized Academic Supports

Tuesday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11, at 2 p.m.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families

BCYF Revolving Fund

Tuesday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 13, at 10 a.m.

Food Access, Language and Communications Access, Office of Immigrant Advancement, Human Rights Commission, Age Strong Commission

Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m.

Monday, May 17, at 10 a.m.

BPS Commitment #2: Accelerate Learning

Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

BPS Commitment #3: Amplify All Voices

BPS Commitment #4: Expand Opportunity 

BPS Revolving Funds

Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 18, at 2 p.m.

Economic Development

Boston Equity Fund

Women’s Advancement

Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 20, at 10 a.m.

Library

Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 20, at 2 p.m.

Public Works Department

Transportation Department

Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m.

Monday, May 24, at 10 a.m.

Department of Neighborhood Development

Office of Fair Housing & Equity

Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m.

Monday, May 24, at 2 p.m.

BPS Commitment #5: Cultivate Trust

BPS Commitment #6: Activate Partnerships

Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 25, at 10 a.m.

BPS Public Testimony

N/A

Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m.

Carryover - Boston Police Department 

N/A

Wednesday, May 26, at 3 p.m.

Boston Fire Department

Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 27, at 10 a.m.

Boston Emergency Medical Services

Boston Public Health Commission (incl. Recovery Services)

Office of Health & Human Services

Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 27, at 2 p.m.

Youth Engagement & Employment

Tuesday, May 4, at 2p.m.

Tuesday, June 1, at 2p.m.

Inspectional Services Department

Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, June 2, at 10 a.m.

Parks and Recreation Department

Parkman Fund

Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, June 2, at 2 p.m.

Department of Innovation & Technology

PEG Access Fund

Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m.

Thursday, June 3, at 10 a.m.

Public Testimony (All Departments)

N/A

Thursday, June 3, at 6 p.m.

Boston Planning & Development Agency

Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m.

Friday, June 4, at 10 a.m.