The City Council is the City’s legislative branch. Members are elected every two years. Four members serve at-large and seven members represent individual wards. The Council passes ordinances on a range of issues, from setting zoning laws to creating boards and commissions. It also has the power to approve or disapprove the Mayor’s budget appropriations.
Personal Services Changes
Personal Services are projected up 20% for FY22.
A new full time Policy Analyst position is proposed for FY22 in order to support the City Council's policy development processes.
Ordinary Maintenance Changes
Ordinary Maintenance costs are projected down 69% for FY22.
Professional & Technical Services allocated in FY21 for the Civilian Oversight process have been removed for FY22 and reallocated to the Racial & Social Justice Department. See below for details.
A new line for Legal Services has been proposed for supplemental legal opinions and drafting.
The In State Conferences line has been returned to FY20 levels.
Transition of Civilian Oversight Process
For FY22, the process of developing a civilian oversight review of the Somerville Police department will be managed by the newly-formed Racial & Social Justice Department. The Council has decided that the RSJ Department is best suited to carrying on this work moving forward in collaboration with the Council, the Community, and the rest of the Administration.