• Lynnfield,  November 2 2018

    Lynnfield to receive $82,330 in additional road/bridge money under FY18 supplemental budget

    Budget also funds school safety initiatives, CPA   Governor Charlie Baker has signed a $541 million Fiscal Year 2018 supplemental budget that includes $40 million for municipal road and bridge projects under the state’s Chapter 90 program, as well as additional funding assistance for school safety initiatives and other municipal priorities, such as the Community Preservation Act (CPA) Trust Fund. House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) noted that the supplemental budget provides $82,330 for Lynnfield to spend on local transportation infrastructure. This is on top of the $411,650 Lynnfield received as part of a $200 million Chapter 90 bond authorization approved by…

  • Everett,  October 26 2018

    City Council sidesteps Chapter 70 dispute

    School Finance Review Commission to hear issue on Nov. 1 By Brendan Clogston   The City Council declined to weigh in on the ongoing dispute between the School Department and the City of Everett over the $2.5 million in chapter 70 funds recently awarded by the state, voting Monday night with minimal discussion to keep the item in the hands of the School Finance Review Commission. School administrators and teachers spoke during the council’s public participation session Monday night to urge them to urge the mayor to award the funds to the School Department as soon as possible. The funds, they stated, would be used to hire back teachers who…

  • Lynnfield,  September 21 2018

    Dolan presents selectmen with three-year financial forecast

     By Christopher Roberson   Looking out over the next three years, the town is projected to reach $64.1 million in annual revenue by fiscal year 2022; however, Lynnfield is also expected to have $65.3 million in expenditures by then, thus creating a deficit. “The new growth is gone,” said Town Administrator Robert Dolan during the Sept. 12 Board of Selectmen meeting. He projected an increase of 1.66 percent in local aid, which translates into approximately $89,000. He also said the town can expect a 2 percent increase in local receipts between fiscal years 2020 and 2022, the majority of which would continue to come from motor vehicle excise tax, which…

  • Everett,  June 29 2018

    City Council approves $196,427,922 FY19 operating budget

    By Brendan Clogston   The City Council passed Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s FY19 budget Monday night with only minor cuts, despite a few efforts to make deeper cuts. After two weeks of budget hearings, the council’s budget committee recommended out to the full council a $196,427,922 FY19 operating budget, which included $60,171 in cuts from the mayor’s salaries line item, $100,000 from his marketing and business development line item, $15,000 from his afterschool program line item, $10,000 from the planning and development intern account, and $100,000 fixed costs. On Monday, the council cut an additional $25,000 from the mayor’s celebrations account, leaving the final operating budget at $196,402,922. The council approved…

  • June 29 2018,  Malden

    City Council approves 2019 city budget

    By Barbara Taormina The City Council signed off on next year’s budget, which included a last-minute change geared toward diversifying the city’s workforce. Councillors unanimously approved the $177.9 million budget with amendments that will allow the city to spend $24,000 to hire a part-time public health nurse, and $50,000 to install a snow catcher at Forestdale School. The city will also channel $5,000 to the Human Resources Department to help Director Anthony Chiccuarelli advertise and recruit more talent to fill city jobs. “I’m hoping we will be working harder as a community to diversify our workforce,” said Councillor-at-Large Steve Winslow. Finance Committee Chairman Paul Condon said the money to cover…

  • June 29 2018,  Revere

    City Council passes $206.9M budget

    By Sara Brown   The Revere City Council on Monday night made only one cut to the mayor’s proposed $206,992,903 FY19 budget, which was unanimously passed. During the June 25 Ways and Means Subcommittee meeting, the council proposed their budget cuts after a week-long meeting with department heads to discuss the budget. Councillor-at-Large Dan Rizzo was the only councillor to propose cuts. Rizzo pointed out there are 65 new positions created within the budget and 19 of them are on the government side; the rest are within the School Department. “I don’t know what to say about that, but it is an awful lot of positions,” said Rizzo. Rizzo proposed…

  • Everett,  June 22 2018

    City Council to take up final budget vote on Monday

    By Brendan Clogston   Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s $232 million FY19 budget is heading for final approval Monday night. While the council will have the power to make cuts, the promptings of council leadership to make all adjustments in committee makes it likely that it will pass largely as presented, with no more than the few minor cuts already recommended being enacted. The council’s budget committee held three hearings over the last few weeks, ultimately recommending $285,000 in cuts from the City of Everett portion of the budget. Those cuts were the removal of $100,000 from the Human Resource Department’s unemployment line, and the cutting of $185,000 from the Mayor’s Office’s…

  • Everett,  June 22 2018

    State Rep. McGonagle brings back $900K in state funding to Everett

    Demonstrating his reputation as a tireless advocate for Everett, State Representative Joe McGonagle spearheaded a landmark $900K budget measure that supports a series of programs, services and funds for the city. Coming on the heels of his instrumental backing of the $1.8 billion Housing Bill, Representative McGonagle leveraged his leadership and committee positions to bring home some much-needed resources to the growing Everett economy. “It’s a privilege to advocate for the hardworking people of Everett as Vice-Chair of the Housing Committee and member of the Ways and Means Committee,” said McGonagle. A key step in transforming the Malden River into a thriving recreational amenity, $75K will be assigned to waterfront…

  • June 22 2018,  Revere

    Arrigo presents $206M-plus FY19 city budget

    Ways & Means budget talks began this week By Sara Brown   Mayor Brian Arrigo officially presented the City Council with the FY19 budget at Monday’s City Council meeting. The proposed budget is $206,992,903, which is a 1.43 percent increase of last year’s budget of $204,064,961. “This budget does not waste a dime,” said Arrigo. Some of the highlights are five new laborers for the Department of Public Works, three new police officers, four new firefighters and a three percent decrease in the water and sewer bill for homeowners. The budget also includes $150,000 for rodent management. This will go into creating a uniform trash program to help with the…

  • June 22 2018,  Revere

    Mayor announces $2 million surplus to be returned to Revere ratepayers

    Rate decrease is the first in nearly two decades Special to The Advocate Mayor Brian Arrigo presented Monday night as part of the 2019 City of Revere Budget, a $2 million check to the city’s ratepayers. The announcement represents a 3.09% decrease in ratepayer bills and Revere’s first water and sewer rate reduction in 19 years. The decrease is supported through a $5 million surplus that was realized through recent infrastructure improvements and the replacement of 95% of the city’s water meters. The additional $3 million in savings will be reinvested into the system and help create more sustainable, stable water rates for the people of Revere. “Tonight represents just…