Money in city budget earmarked for local projects

Last week, acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey Mayor Kim Janey proposed her administration’s recommended $3.75 billion Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) operating budget and $3.2 billion Fiscal Year 2022-2026 (FY22-FY26) Capital Plan. Janey said the budget focuses on providing the resources for the city’s continued robust public health response to COVID-19, making strategic investments in Boston’s neighborhoods and residents, and setting the stage for Boston’s equitable reopening, recovery and long-term renewal. 

In the budget is money earmarked for two local projects in Egleston Square. 

Under the category of creating and preserving affordable housing, and addressing homelessness, Janey earmarked $10 million to upgrade public housing units for seniors and residents with disabilities, which includes money for upgrades to the Doris Bunte Apartments in Egleston Square. 

Janey said she recognizes the importance of making sure that residents of all incomes are able to access quality, affordable safe housing options that meet their needs.

There’s also another $12.1 million for the Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library. 

Under the “investing in the joy agenda” Janey said she plans to prioritize city services, programs and infrastructure needs that improve the quality of life for Boston residents. Janey has made the joy of residents a strategic focus throughout this budget. 

The $12.1 million for the Egleston Branch, Janey said, aims at investing in neighborhood library branches to make them more accessible with new library services and programs. 

 “During the past year, Boston has come together like never before, and we must take that spirit of inclusiveness and compassion and translate it into real investments for the City of Boston and our residents. COVID-19 has brought on unprecedented economic and social change for our city, and this budget proposal meets the moment and makes targeted investments to ensure that as we emerge from this public health crisis we are not going back to normal, but going forward better than before,” said Mayor Janey. “I am proud of this budget and the enormous work that goes into running our City government and providing the services Bostonians need and rely on. No one can be left behind as Boston recovers from COVID-19, and looks forward to the future.”

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