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.
Changes from FY20
The proposed Executive Administration Personal Services budget includes a new position, the Director of Racial and Social Justice, which will be responsible for leading the investments in racial and social justice proposed in the FY21 budget and the associated community processes.
The proposed Executive Administration Special Items budget includes $150,000 in professional and technical services for the Racial and Social Justice Project on Rethinking Policing, which will have two key focus areas: 1) establishing a police oversight committee and 2) exploring and expanding civilian response as an alternative to police intervention.
The proposed Executive Administration Special Items budget includes a $13,000 reduction in funding for official celebrations and associated professional and technical services due to the cancellation of City-sponsored events through the end of calendar year 2020.
The proposed Executive Administration Ordinary Maintenance budget represents a 22% reduction from FY20 due to the projected impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis on the operations of the Mayor’s Office.