The Globe's warning about Boston's clumsy fiscal management
In a recent post, The Mayor's new budget -- which raises our real estate tax the maximum amount -- I asked the question: "Do residents get good value?"
Today's Globe Editorial criticizes the city's handling of fiscal issues, in particular, school renovations:
The Boston school department wants to increase enrollment at nine of the city’s highest-performing schools by relocating, renovating, or enlarging them, but the system is all over the map on the cost of doing so. On Tuesday, it submitted a $20.8 million loan order to the Ways and Means committee of the Boston City Council — nearly double what the School Committee and councilors had anticipated last fall. It’s a sign that, once again, the department has been clumsy in executing a fundamentally sound policy.
Do you think good policy is driving new spending in Boston Public Schools? Do you feel that as a Boston taxpayer, you are getting good value for your tax dollars?
I support our public schools and I'm willing to pay for improvement. What I do not know is whether this spending, and the policy priorities it represents, will improve results.