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.
Boston Municipal Research Bureau
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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>
Boston schools show a slight overall improvement in performance, but still an unacceptable number of underperforming schools remain.
The Research Bureau opposes the proposal to increase the salary of only the members of the Boston City Council and not address this matter as part of a comprehensive approach to all senior positions whose salary or salary ranges are set by ordinance.