Message from Mayor McLean
I am honored, along with the City of Boise Department Directors, to present the FY 2022 budget.
Over the past year and half our community has endured an incredibly historic and unusual experience that demanded much from us. It required that we approached our work and lives with flexibility, creativity, focus, commitment, courage, and stamina. And, as Boiseans, we rose to the challenge. We reallocated resources to ensure that our most vulnerable residents are cared for. We innovated to keep our business community thriving. We came to the (virtual) table to have tough conversations about issues that mattered in the moment and will matter into our future. Boise led – addressing this crisis head-on while keeping our eye focused on the future.
This budget accounts for where we’ve been, where we are today, who we’ve become through this crisis and where we are heading. It reflects our values and embraces our mission. But most importantly, it is focused on the people of Boise and the services that they need. This is a people-centered budget and reflects the needs and aspirations of our community.
As Boise continues to grow, we know the top priorities of our community are housing, climate, transportation, economic development, and public safety. Demand on city services has reached record highs as more people discover our incredible home and come to Boise to live, work and play. This budget meets our goals of ensuring we can continue to provide the services our residents rely on and invest in smart solutions to meet the needs of our growing city.
As we look to our future, I would like to take a moment to thank the staff at the City of Boise. Over the past year they have met daily unknowns and unexpected demands all while preparing for what’s next. This budget reflects the innovation, passion, and service that employees of the City of Boise provide daily to our residents and creates opportunities for our residents to be engaged in shaping the solutions for our future.
We are here to serve and to partner with Boiseans to do what we’ve always done best: create solutions and strengthen community bonds to create a stronger and more resilient Boise. One that honors what we love about this special place and ensures we’ve done all we can to protect this city for our children and our children’s children. Thank you for this opportunity to share with you the budget, and our plans for the coming year.