Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019

Last updated: 4/11/18

Advancing racial equity, diversity, and economic mobility

In July 2017, Mayor Walsh released Boston's first citywide Resilience Strategy to ensure every resident can reach their full potential regardless of their background, and remove the barriers of systemic racism that hinder Bostonians from having access to opportunities.

The FY19 budget begins to deliver on that promise through meaningful investment that looks at the root problems of systemic racism and ensures Boston is a city where everyone thrives. These investments include:
  • A disparity study to identify and address gaps, and ultimately strengthen the City's procurement practices across all departments and provide an enhanced platform for future equity-based policies.
  • An updated Economic Inclusion and Equity Agenda, the Mayor’s strategy for creating an inclusive economy in Boston.
  • The City plans to review the 35 year old Boston Main Streets program on how it will be best suited to serve Boston and its underserved districts and Main streets.
  • Through the Economic Mobility Lab, the City will advance economic mobility for Bostonians.

Ensuring every Bostonian is Counted

FY19 marks the beginning of planning for the 2020 U.S. Census and Boston is dedicated to ensuring every person who lives in Boston is counted. New outreach staff will work to identify opportunities to raise awareness about the Census, with a particular focus on harder to reach populations: students, children, recent immigrants, households with poor internet access, and non-English speakers.


Recruiting a Diverse Police Force

In November 2016, Mayor Walsh and Police Commissioner Evans swore in the first class of police cadets since 2009, a training program for Boston's youth seeking a career in law enforcement. Building on the success of recruiting a diverse class of 42, which included 74% cadets of color and 36% female cadets, the City will add another class of 31 in the Spring of 2018. The FY19 budget funds an additional class of 20 cadets in the Spring of 2019.