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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Budget Information Posted

FY2012 Budget conversations are proving much tamer this year than they were last year and even have some members of the Board of Alderman commending Mayor Joseph Curtatone for his fiscal responsibility during a time when other communities are considering drastic cuts.

Of course, to balance this year's budget, the current administration is taking the usual "hike up fees and fines" road. Parking permits will be increased from $20 to $30 with Traffic & Parking experiencing three layoffs. These are the only layoffs that the city will execute. The raise in permit cost puts Somerville above Medford by $20, above Cambridge and Arlington by $10 and above Brookline by $5.

The remaining budget shortfall will be covered by the rainy day fund, leaving $800,000 available according to a Somerville News article.

Budget conversations will continue tonight at 6pm, on June 22 at 6pm with a public hearing time slot on the agenda, on June 27th and June 28th-both starting at 7pm.

The following information regarding the budget has been posted on the city's website:
Detailed FY2012 Proposed Budget
Appropriation Order before the Board of Aldermen
The Mayor’s Presentation

So, what are your thoughts on the budget? Please feel free to comment below.

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