Curtatone Trying To Bankrupt The Somerville General Fund On His Way Out, City Councilors Sitting On Hands

By William Tauro

I am shocked that all the expenditures which should be suspended and because they are expressly refusing to suspend any further appointments, or expenditures, and instead push through to accommodate their agenda they should be ashamed of how they are spending the taxpayers money so frivolously and any supporting Councilors should respectfully step down from their positions immediately.

All friends and supporters of these representatives of their constituents are equally guilty of purposely injuring the fragile structure of the city treasury by supporting their actions . Those that voted in favor have openly shown their hand openly to how corruption can bring a city as strong as Somerville to a fiscal knee. I can only.maintain that it is time for change and I will demonstrate true representation of the citizens of our community.

They should be deeply ashamed of their actions and the citizens should be ever mindful to remember their actions. And those of their supporters.

It’s time for change! #TEAMTAUROforMAYOR2021

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Finance Committee
Committee of the Whole
6/14/2021 6:00 PM
Virtual
Somerville Somerville, MA 02143
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Agenda
I. Note
Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. C. 30A, s. 18, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020 Order imposing strict limitations on the number of people that may gather in one place, as well as Mayor Curtatone’s Declaration of Emergency, dated March 15, 2020, this meeting of a City Council Committee will be conducted via remote participation.
We will post an audio recording, audio-video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of these proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting on the City of Somerville website and local cable access government channels.
Copy & paste the following link into your internet browser to view this meeting live:
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II. Call to Order
1. Roll Call
III. Agenda Item
1. Review of the FY-22 Budget
2. That the administration strike the language “related to ongoing/exiting litigation” from the 3rd paragraph of the Ordinary Maintenance Changes narrative on the City Council page in the FY-22 Budget book.
3. That the mayor allocate appropriate funds for hardware to administrate hybrid meetings and also provide funding for the City Council or Clerks of Committees budget for support staff.
4. That the mayor set aside an additional $300,000 in a segregated fund to be available for Racial and Social Justice appropriations mid-year.
5. That the mayor appropriate $80,000 for a community engagement specialist for the City Council and for committee meetings.
6. That the mayor create 2 fully funded new positions (one Review Planner and one Violation Inspector for existing infrastructure) within ISD, requiring hires to have demonstrable experience and knowledge on ADA compliance matters.
7. That the administration provide for the creation of a position starting July 1, 2021 for a clerk to assist with the planned superannuation of an employee and ensure a fully staffed department, in the amount of $90,000 for FY22.
8. That the administration provide for the creation of a position starting October 1, 2021 for an administrative clerk to assist with ARPA and fund tracking documentation, in the amount of $50,000 for FY22.
9. That the administration devote roughly $100,000 in personal services to support the position requests of an additional projector manager and the fractional support from the general fund budget for administrative support for IAM.
10. That the administration devote $1.5 million as requested for the building reconstruction (line 582002) and improvement (line 582003) in Capital Projects.
11. Councilor Scott moved that the administration devote $500,000 for street repairs (line 588002) in Engineering.
12. That the administration add $100,000 to Engineering Personal Services to fund an engineering position for implementation of short-term ADA compliant designs for street and building improvements working in collaboration with DPW.

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