Boston Municipal Research Bureau

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BOSTON: A City in Transition

As Boston enters a new period with the first new Mayor in twenty years, we have prepared a unique and comprehensive examination of Boston’s financial management, its development process and its organizational structure at the end of the Menino Administration.

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Mayor’s Housing Plan

Mayor Walsh released a comprehensive housing plan for Boston  that projects changing needs by housing sector and recommends policy action through 2030.  The plan outlines objectives to produce 53,000 new units of housing, a 20% increase.  To meet the housing goals, an annual housing budget of $51 million is recommended, which would require an additional $20 million in new housing funds each year.  Half that goal is estimated to come from the Community Preservation Act, but Boston voters would have to approve a 1% property tax surcharge.  Read more>