For the past week, the city of Boston's budgeting office has been holding listening sessions to introduce people to a new, more open, budget discussion process. In addition, the city is soliciting for a variety of voices to be heard through a public survey (available at the link) on how they'd like to see the city spend its money on a number of topics.
The Mayor and the City Council are attempting to bring the budget to the public to be sure it's addressing what residents feel the needs are and demystify the process more.
There is an online session for Districts 2, 7, and 9 today at 6 PM and a final online session for any city residents to attend on Friday, the 25th, at 10 AM. Registration for the sessions is at the link above along with a link to the survey. The survey can be taken at any time.