Medford’s city budget is deeply underfunded and facing a number of issues this year. So far, Medford Public Schools and the Medford Public Library Trustees have raised serious concerns about funding shortfalls, and the Mayor’s FY24 budget proposal doesn’t include a plan to fix Medford’s biggest budget problems.
Do you want to see the city make a plan to fix our streets and sidewalks? Do you want our new Library to be open more often next year? Do you want a City Hall that has enough staff to help residents when they need it? Then, it’s time to act!
Share Your Story at the School Committee Budget Hearing on June 5th
The Mayor controls the budget – Tell the Mayor what we need!
6/5 at 5:30 PM – Zoom link or in person at Medford City Hall
Theme 1: “No Cuts, No Layoffs – Fund immediate needs”
- This year’s budget should not cut teachers or support staff
- Mayor’s $71M proposal is $900K short of immediate needs identified by the School Committee for:
- New literacy & health curriculums
- Investments in climate and culture at Medford High
- Improved programming at elementary and middle schools
Theme 2: “Make a Real Plan for our Kids’ Future”
- Act now to prevent layoffs next year!
- 28 school positions are paid with federal funds that expire next year (7/1/24)
- We cannot lose these mental health and community engagement staff
- More revenue needed for buses to High School and Middle School within 2 miles & reduce car traffic
- More revenue needed for more competitive salaries to attract and retain best staff
- Safe routes to walk and bike to school are not possible with the ridiculous state of the roads, sidewalks, crosswalks. We need more investment for our kids!
Bottom line: A Prop 2.5 override for $3 million in new revenue would support our city’s most urgent needs, and it would cost just $10 per month per household.
Tell your story on June 5 to have a real budget conversation in our city!
Save the Date: Medford City Council Final Vote on Budget
Tuesday, June 20th at 7PM
Plan to attend this Medford City Council Meeting at City Hall or by Zoom. It’s the last meeting before the June 30th deadline to pass the FY24 budget. Here’s the full list of City Council Budget Meetings between May 31st and June 20th. Show up and talk about the importance of funding Medford’s future!
Ways to Get More Information
1. Follow Our Revolution Medford as well as endorsed City Councilors and School Committee Members on social media
2. Join the ORM Slack and discussion email lists (fill out the ORM membership form to be added to these communication channels)
3. Watch or attend City Council and School Committee meetings
- Monday, June 5th – School Committee Budget Hearing
- May 30th through June 15th – City Council Budget Meetings
- Watch recordings of Medford School Committee Budget Meetings from April and May on the MPS YouTube Channel.
Thank you for taking action to support our city and its future!