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Mayor To Release Budget on City Website This Morning

Releases an executive summary to the press with some new proposals for restructuring 20 positions.

Mayor Gary Christenson will present his 2013 budget to taxpayers at 10 a.m. on the city's website this morning, but released an executive summary to the press late Tuesday night.

The 4-page summary details a number of proposals for the balanced $152,805,300 budget, a 5 percent increase the mayor notes represents less than a 1 percent increase outside of the school department budget.

A combined 20 positions are restructured or consolidated under the plan, including 'several layoffs,' a shift of positions to the city's Water/Sewer Enterprise Fund and some open positions that would no longer be funded.

Other proposals include a 10 percent increase for the city's Veterans' Services Department, an upgrade of radios and bulletproof vests for Malden Police Officers and the establishment of a recreation department at city hall.

The budget also proposes to do away with service fees paid by residents who pay their bills online.

For more information, visit the city's website after 10 a.m. Wednesday. 

AnnieOMalden May 30, 2012 at 03:37 PM
John Q: You never give up! LOL
DannyBoy May 30, 2012 at 03:38 PM
iCitizen, John's comment was made in jest. Malden High does not have an ice hockey program.
iCitizen May 30, 2012 at 05:03 PM
HAHA...I just moved to Malden...stupid me trying to help. Thanks Danny.
Manny May 30, 2012 at 05:04 PM
John who would play on the team? The illegal immigrants or gang bangers?
Manny May 30, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Malden comes in second place for non residents. We just narrowly lost to Chelsea. Oh well there is always next time.
Chris Caesar May 30, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Not sure I'd throw undocumented immigrants in the same breath as gangbangers.
Manny May 30, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Just finished a little online search and Malden has some interesting numbers over the past few years. #1 for viloent crime. Also we came in first place for overdoses and drug crimes. Before Malden moves one inch forward crime has to be addressed. Meetings don't stop crime, an involved community and having the appropriate number of cops does.Not to forget our fire fighters good ole' Malden comes in 12th for structure fires. Wow.
Manny May 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Chris they are both commiting crimes. Don't you agree?
Chris Caesar May 30, 2012 at 06:23 PM
So is a jaywalker or a litterer. You can't conflate undocumented immigrants with violent criminals.
Manny May 30, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Undocumented is a warm and fuzzy way to say illegal. Jawwalkers aren't draining local economies. Why is it ok to be here illegally? This state is a haven for illegal immigrants. They can register a car here can get public assistance here. Why is it so shocking that our deficit is what it is.
DannyBoy May 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Manny: not to sound pro-Christenson, but from what I see and hear, our new mayor has done more, in his first six months of office, to reach out to the community and sollicit public feedback, than the previous administration did in all the past sixteen years. He's trying to address issues that have festered from years of neglect under former mayor Howard, and it's going to take time to turn things around.
Michael B Elvale May 30, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Mike G, Most figures such as this violent crime stat are per capita. The Cities you mention are much, much bigger sq mile wise. Malden has roughly 11, 000 people per sq mile,(5 sq miles) not counting an illegal here and there.
Paul Weston May 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Some of the highlights from the website. This was under the Traffic Department budget. We propose transferring the day-to-day supervision of the Supervisor and his two employees to the DPW where they are already physically located. We believe that this will ensure that a holistic approach exists when working in and around the city. From the Unclassfied Accounts: We propose a variety of new initiatives in this account... to a dine-in program to draw people to Malden’s restaurants, we believe these new initiatives will make a difference in the community Human Resources Dept: With the expectation of new evaluation tools to properly evaluate our workforce in Fiscal Year 2013, we propose adding funds in Professional Services. We also propose adding funds for mandated drug testing.
Paul F May 30, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Michael I was able to find these easily try searching with Bing instead of Google. I have to say the numbers are frightening. But I don't need to see any stats to know that Malden has tanked.
zenga May 31, 2012 at 01:49 AM
$250000 for mayors staff to play on the internet and take photos nevermind $500000 stolen from the city more pictures of Mayor McCheese
wsenga May 31, 2012 at 02:23 AM
here go's my taxes up up and away
Chris Caesar May 31, 2012 at 03:17 AM
From what I understand there should be no increase in taxes under the mayor's proposed budget.
Chris Caesar May 31, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I'd say 'an illegal' is a way of demonizing undocumented immigrants.
Chris Caesar May 31, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Where do you get that figure?
M May 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Chris, "demonizing undocumented immigrants"? I don't usually debate on here but they are in fact "ILLEGAL". They have broken the law already just by being here.... I have absolutely no ill will toward immigrants. My grandparents were - but legally. I love the analogy - would you call drug dealers "undocumented pharmacists"? One sells Oxy legally, one sells Oxy illegally. Laws aren't subjective, Chris.
whatsup May 31, 2012 at 02:02 PM
i ) Proposed increase $1 million dollar for Solid Waste Disposal (Fees) Solid Waste Operating Costs - Yay does that mean no more blue bags? ii) Police salaries decrease by $75K but $1.3 million increase in Total allocation for Police..interesting iii) Administrative salary increase of $237K for mayors office...hmmm.
Chris Caesar May 31, 2012 at 03:48 PM
They are also, 'in fact', undocumented migrants. They dont seem to terrify me as much as some of the people on this board. Comparing them to drug dealers or gang bangers is just pretty stupid, I'm sorry.
Chris Caesar May 31, 2012 at 03:48 PM
If you really care about my views or why I choose to call them undocumented as opposed to "illegals," send me an email.
coldwaterdiver May 31, 2012 at 04:06 PM
it sounds so clean when you say "undocumented". There are legal non-citizens and illegal aliens. It is a fact that the illegal aliens ARE more likely to commit other crimes, other than illegally entering the country. They also burden states economically as they are more likely to not pay income taxes, but still use all city services.
coldwaterdiver May 31, 2012 at 04:08 PM
So I guess we should start calling drunk drivers "buzzed" instead, so that their feelings dont get hurt.
coldwaterdiver May 31, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Thank you Mayor Christianson for making this available and easy to comb through.
Chris Caesar May 31, 2012 at 06:50 PM
What American citizens making those kind of wages would pay income tax? A lot of them actually pay into social security and, according to a report I read in the LA Times a few years ago, use about 50% of the services (police, etc.) Americans do - normally because they are afraid of being deported. You'll have to show me documentation they are somehow more likely to commit other crimes because that is quite a claim. There are bad apples in every group; the vast majority of undocumented laborers are just here to find jobs. We need immigration reform at the federal level; I don't think bashing these people for trying to pull their families out of really desperate situations is productive. /soapbox
Gene Pinkham May 31, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Kudos to Chuckie Ranaghan for getting On-Line.
Chris Caesar May 31, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Haha. It's not about their feelings...
Liz May 31, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Manny, My child goes to Malden High and there are A LOT of great kids that go to that school, documented and undocumented. Many of those kids would love to play on a hockey team. How long has it been since you stepped foot in the school (or have you ever)? Mr. Brown does a great job at the school.

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