Boston Herald

Janey confident budget will pass

But down to the wire before fiscal year ends

- By AMY SOKOLOW AND SEAN PHILIP COTTER

Although Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey is set to face off against several of her City Council colleagues in the mayoral election this fall, she said she’s confident that her budget will pass — on the last possible day of the fiscal year.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the City Council to make sure that we get it passed on June 30,” she said at an event on Saturday.

Janey is due to introduce a new proposal for the city’s budget on Monday in advance of Wednesday’s council meeting. The body will hold more hearings before it’s expected to vote on the $3-trillion-plus document.

On Saturday, Janey highlighte­d elements of her budget, including funding for a community health center in Hyde Park, where she spoke at a Juneteenth celebratio­n, and for digital equity, food and housing insecurity, small businesses, housing and jobs for young Bostonians.

“There is so much in here that helps every single neighborho­od throughout the city of Boston,” she said. “It’s focused on making sure that our residents come out of the pandemic stronger than before.”

Janey first introduced a $3.75 trillion first crack at the annual budget in April, as required by law — just a few weeks after she became the acting mayor. The council held hearings and then voted at the start of June to kick the budget back to Janey for amendments, as is normal practice in Boston.

Some in City Hall speculate this could be a tight vote, as three of the 12 active councilors are running against Janey for mayor — Michelle Wu, Annissa Essaibi-George and Andrea Campbell — and others have taken issue with elements of the budget.

This comes after a contentiou­s budget season last year, where then-Mayor Martin Walsh’s proposal passed in an unusually close 8-5 vote. Several councilors blasted it as not doing enough to reform police funding amid the widespread protests over police brutality and racial justice issues happening at the time.

If the budget doesn’t pass, the city would have to go to what’s called a one-twelfth budget, level-funding city services until an annual budget passes.

 ?? sTuART CAHiLL / HeRALd sTAFF ?? CUTTING IT CLOSE: Acting Mayor Kim Janey is confident her budget will pass the City Council, but likely not until the last day of the fiscal year at the end of this month.
sTuART CAHiLL / HeRALd sTAFF CUTTING IT CLOSE: Acting Mayor Kim Janey is confident her budget will pass the City Council, but likely not until the last day of the fiscal year at the end of this month.

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