BMRB Special Report, analyzing Boston’s recent Parcel Disposition Initiative – looks like 458 housing units will be created, along with commercial retail space and open space. All because the City sold or transferred 183 city-owned parcels.
Boston’s total accumulated liability for compensated absences was $200.3M (as of 6/16) – 71% is for accumulated sick days. With a $142M sick leave liability, the City should evaluate the utility of the payment for unused sick days and seek to reduce future payouts in contract negotiations.
The Commonwealth is not keeping pace with revenue sharing to its largest city, especially state education aid, even though the City is an important driver of the state’s economy.
Boston ended FY17 with a $6.7M General Fund operating surplus due to conservative revenue estimates and ongoing control over spending for permanent employees. Not all revenue sources planned in the FY17 budget needed to be utilized.