Executive Administration

City of Somerville FY22 Budget

Mission Statement

The City of Somerville strives to provide exceptionally responsive, fiscally responsible, and efficient public services in support of a safe, healthy, and thriving community. We embrace innovation, practice data-based and systems-informed decision making, foster maximum citizen participation in government, and anchor all of our efforts on the principles of equity and access. We believe Somerville should be an attractive, active, diverse, and environmentally responsible city with a sustainable quality of life for our citizens and businesses and that Somerville should serve as a model regionally and nationally for how to build a community that is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Personal Services Changes

Personal Services are projected up 7% for FY22.

The FY22 PS budget includes funding for two Charter Review Project Managers, and for two positions to support the upcoming Mayoral transition.

The Director of Racial & Social Justice is no longer in the Administration budget and has been moved to the newly-created Racial & Social Justice department.

Changes in salaries are due to negotiated collective bargaining agreements and merit increases based on annual performance reviews.

Ordinary Maintenance Changes

Ordinary Maintenance costs are projected up 35% for FY22.

OM lines have been returned to pre-COVID levels.

Special Items Changes

The Special Items lines represent the following allocations:

The Youth Employment line has been increased to $250,000 to increase the availability of summer jobs for students.

The Official Celebrations line has been returned to FY20 levels.

A Charter Reform Study line is budgeted at $92,550 to fund the work of the Charter Review Committee.

Professional & Technical Services includes the following items :

  • Trainings for incoming elected officials and Department Heads,
  • Funding for the Mayoral transition,
  • and funding for the Somerville Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL).

FY22 Goals & Measures of Progress

GOAL 1: Set the City up for long-term operational success by identifying and filling critical capacity gaps, modernizing our government, taking care of our assets, prioritizing strong financial management, investing in our staff, and preparing for a smooth mayoral transition.

GOAL 2: Support the launch of the Racial and Social Justice Office and prioritize work in the organization that advances racial and social justice.

FY22 Budget

Personnel Listing