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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 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 , , improvements to the , and continuation of the .

The city's capital budget does not, at this point, include the complete renovation of the JP Branch Library that many residents are demanding.

Steve Garfield April 13, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Can the Jamaica Pond Boathouse improvements include adding a Beer Garden? Works well for Germany, and we've got a lot to local brewers who would be thrilled to help out.

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