Councilor O'Malley Responds to Menino's Proposed $2.4 Billion Budget
JP's District Councilor "encouraged and impressed with Mayor Menino's FY 2013 budget proposal."
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino proposed a $2.4-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2013, which begins on July 1.
District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley, who represents JP and West Roxbury, offered an initial comment regarding the proposed budget:
At first blush, I’m encouraged and impressed with Mayor Menino’s FY2013 budget proposal. Today begins a lengthy and robust City Council process of hearings and conversations about our spending priorities and revenue streams.
What is perhaps most heartening about the budget is the fact that due to the City and municipal unions coming together to address health care costs, we were able to actualize a $26 million savings. This is particularly noteworthy as while other cities and towns seem to be facing layoffs and closures, Boston’s finances – AAA bond rating – are strong and intact.
I look forward to a budget process that will result in protecting public safety levels, strengthen public education, and improve our neighborhoods. I am looking forward to capital improvements in Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury including, but not limited to, a West Roxbury tot lot for 0-4 year olds, upgrades to the Draper Playground and Pool, renovation of the JP Branch Library, improvements to the Jamaica Pond Boathouse, and continuation of the West Roxbury Gateway project.
The city's capital budget does not, at this point, include the complete renovation of the JP Branch Library that many residents are demanding.