City Council Goals FY06-07

The Cambridge City Council has established its community goals for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 (from July 2005 - June 2007). These goals are the product of an in-depth biannual process that the Council has followed since 1996. Adopted by a unanimous vote of the City Council on December 6, 2004, the City Council goals provide guidance to the City Manager during the annual budget planning process.

High quality City services, maintaining the City’s diversity, affordable housing and improving public education continue to be high priorities for the City Council. Some goals have been added or changed to reflect emerging issues and changing circumstances, including the impact that rising property valuations are having on homeowners, in particular owners of two- and three-family homes. A new council goal emphasizes the importance of examining tax implications when evaluating the pros and cons of City programs. Another change can be seen in the City Council’s decision to expand the council’s longstanding concerns regarding air quality to include a broader environmental focus.