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Does our budget reflect what the city needs?

[OP-ED]

By GERLY ADRIEN

Due to the pandemic, City Councilors, like myself, are reviewing the budget for this current fiscal year, July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. This is my first year as a City Councilor in reviewing the budget. It brings me lots of excitement as I know every dollar matters to the residents to be spent fiscally smart. My background includes my undergraduate degree from Bentley University, MBA from Boston University, and my nine years in finance/budgeting. I love looking at numbers to tell a story of how the chief executive using the funds puts their priorities in.

When I reviewed this budget, my initial questions include:

Assessors: Why is the budget for the Assessors’ Office increasing by 47% in what is, as far as I can tell from looking at the budgets for previous years, not a valuation year. Wasn’t that done in FY2018?

Technology: How are we going to improve technology this year for the city?

Planning: What are the programs being offered and funding to assist residents with home improvements, landlords, home-ownership assistance, and tenants related issues?

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Dee Williams

Loved family, veteran, counselor, served in ministry

Dee Williams was born on March 12, 1953 to Irene Jackson at Tewksbury Hospital. Her birth mother was too ill to take care of her, so she lived at the New England Home for Little Wanderers un- til the age of 5 when she was adopted by the Late Paul and Mildred Sampson of Everett, MA.

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Everett soccer star makes pro debut

Revs II player Isaie Louis of Everett.

15-year-old Isaie Louis recently took to the pitch, for the Revolution II soccer team in a match against the Chattanooga Red Wolves, making his professional debut.

Louis became the youngest player to make an appearance for the Revolution franchise and is the 19th to do so this season. He also is the 12th player current or former Revs Academy to take the field as a pro.

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