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Mayor Wu shares proposed $4.64 billion budget

A large majority of the proposed FY2025 budget focuses on education and public safety.

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The FY25 budget reflects an 8% increase over the former fiscal year’s budget.

Photo by @cmarino78

On Wednesday, April 10, Mayor Wu presented her proposed $4.64 billion FY2025 budget to City Council during the City of Boston Budget Breakfast.

We’ve got a brief breakdown of the spending plans, but you can also view the full proposed budget.

Budget by category

Public education: ~39%
Public safety: ~17%
Fixed costs: ~15%
City departments: ~14%
Streets & public transportation: ~6%
Health insurance: ~5%
Public health: ~3%

By the numbers

What does funding for these categories look like in real life? If approved, the budget will include funding towards projects like these:

  • $40 million to build on dedicated funding for housing programs like homelessness prevention programming + housing vouchers
  • $1 million to support rental assistance and decarbonization efforts
  • $1.3 million for 12 new EMTs
  • $1 million to support low-threshold housing, substance use treatment, and mobile outreach teams
  • $20 million to support school-based investments in inclusive education, like additional support for children with special needs + those learning English
  • $500,000 to support community connection services for older adults
  • $200,000 to support emergency preparedness for climate change, in particular an update to the climate action plan
  • $735,000 to support additional staff + maintenance of Franklin Park, including a new park administrator and full maintenance crew
  • $3 million to support streamlining the city’s licensing and permitting process

An 8% increase

The proposed budget reflects an 8% increase over FY2024’s operational budget.

A chunk of that increase comes from the creation of a new official city planning department and reflects funding that will be transferred from the Boston Planning & Development Agency to fund the new department.

25% of that increase is dedicated to education, including Boston Public Schools and Charter School Tuition Assessment + 28% is going toward the collective bargaining reserve.

The increase will also go towards inflationary growth of departmental expenses, strategic investments, and fixed costs of pensions and debt service.