BOSTON – Mayor Martin J. Walsh will join representatives from Boston City departments and elected officials to sign the $3.15 billion Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget that was approved by the Boston City Council earlier this week.
As part of the event, members of the City’s graffiti busters team will remove graffiti from the side of a building on Commonwealth Avenue, highlighting the value and need for expanding the team to meet the current demand.
The FY18 budget puts an emphasis on making smart investment in quality City services in neighborhoods across Boston, and building on the success of existing City programs. Highlights include:

Two additional graffiti busters to ensure Boston’s neighborhoods remain clean. Through CityScore, Boston saw an increase in demand for graffiti removal beyond what current staffing levels could remove on time;

Double the capacity of the Mobile Sharps Team to pick up more improperly discarded hypodermic needles, due to an increase in requests submitted through 311. Over 20,000 needles were collected by the team in 2016;

A full-time hokey in every Public Works District, and which revitalizes marking and crosswalks to ensure that City streets are clean and safe;

Investments in major park renovations to ensure Boston’s parks are of the nation’s most accessible and equitable and a rotation of small renovations to neighborhood ball fields to keep them safe and playable;

Changes to the way we deploy Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to Boston Common and the Recovery Road area to improve patient outcomes and ambulance utilization;

Four new mental health clinicians to the Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST) to co-respond with police officers to people exhibiting signs of mental illness. With these additional clinicians, the program will be able to cover all districts in the City and expand the program’s success in diverting people from arrest to mental health resources;

Launch a Citywide campaign to bring all crosswalks, lane markings, and bike lanes into a state of good repair, to improve safety and expand access as part of GoBoston 2030 implementation;

Investing in Vision Zero, launch five Neighborhood Slow Streets projects in FY18, add 7.75 additional miles of separated bike lanes through 11 projects underway in the capital plan, increase Boston’s bike racks by almost 10% and improve Vision Zero outreach and implementation capacity.

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