The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) is committed to making Somerville an even more exceptional place to live, work, play and raise a family by implementing the goals, policies, and actions of the SomerVision comprehensive plan. OSPCD seeks to enhance low and moderate income areas of the City, stimulate economic development, increase job opportunities, create future development opportunities, improve the City’s neighborhoods, expand housing options, preserve and enhance Somerville’s public space and urban forest and improve transportation access, with a focus on Somerville’s long-term economic, environmental, and social quality of life.
Changes from FY20
Personal Services - An overall 3% decrease in salaries was a result of a decrease in general fund base salaries shifted over to CARES grant funding offset by the shift of the CPA manager General Fund allocation to the OSPCD Admin budget from SomerStat.
Ordinary Maintenance - An overall 34% decline was primarily due to decreased travel and staff development costs related to anticipated COVID related travel restrictions. Professional and Technical and other ancillary expenses were also reduced by 34% due to forecasted decrease in demand for office supplies and other supplies and services.