BOSTON
LET'S BUILD A BETTER BUDGET!

ON NOVEMBER 2

Voters will have the historic opportunity to improve Boston’s constitution, known as the “City Charter.” 

Question 1 would amend our charter to make Boston’s budget process more transparent, accountable and democratic.

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Question 1 is supported by every leading Boston mayoral candidate

City Councilor Andrea Campbell
City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George
Acting Mayor Kim Janey
Acting Mayor Kim Janey
City Councilor Michelle Wu
WHAT QUESTION 1 WOULD DO
1. Include the City Council: Allow City Councilors to better represent you by giving them the tools to amend and improve the Mayor’s budget.

2. Require Participatory Budgeting: By 2024, create an independent office that allows us to propose and vote on parts of the city budget.
WHY THIS IS BETTER
Boston’s budgeting process is almost entirely controlled by the Mayor.  For everyone else--including our elected City Councilors--we barely have a say!  Question 1 would better balance the Mayor, City Council and our communities to make the budget more fair and inclusive in the future.
WANNA BUDGET?
We all have ideas and insights that could help solve Boston’s biggest problems. But it's hard to get taken seriously by the government. Whether you care about housing, policing, schools or the economy, with more ways to influence our budget, we can fund city programs that better meet our neighborhood needs.
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BOSTON’S BUDGET:
$3.61 BILLION 
FY 2020-21

Boston's Budget pie chart. Education 45.8%, Public Safety (aka policing) 24.6%, admin and finance 9.8%, streets 6%, health human services 5.7%, other 8.1% (arts and culture, CIO, operations)
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