Waltham Facts Under Mayor McCarthy
|WALTHAM WAS NAMED:|
|2019 -||One of Best Places to Live in Massachusetts (HomeSnacks) top 10|
Top Place to Live for Student-Athletes (College Factual)
#29 Best Small Cities for Small Business across U.S. (GO.Verizon.com, top 10%)
4th Safest City in Massachusetts (SafeHome)
|2018 -||BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN MASSACHUSETTS (Money Magazine)|
|2017 -||13th BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN AMERICA (Money Magazine)|
Top 101 (10%) in U.S. and 4th in Massachusetts Safest Cities in U.S. (SAFEHOME)
One of Top Places to Live(Boston Magazine)
|2015 -||Number 1 Best Boston Suburb for Young Professionals Movoto|
WALTHAM’S BOND RATINGS: AA+, Standard & Poor’s, AA1, Moody’s- stable outlook, strong budgetary performance (June 2019);
WATER & SEWER RATES: 2013-2016 no increase in rates; 2017 decrease in rates; 2018-2019 no increase in rates;
GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION (GFOA): From FY 2004 to FY 2018, the City received the CAFR award for excellence in financial reporting.
FY19 has been submitted to GFOA;
UNUSED LEVY CAPACITY: From FY 2010 $3.4 million increased to FY2019 $34.3 million. This is primarily due to the management of the annual operating budget by the City Auditor & staff, the City Council Finance Committee and the Mayor. This helps us with capital projects.
Every December, the Mayor submits a Five-Year Capital Budget to the City Council. Numerous capital projects have been done.
In 2004, the Mayor eliminated the deputy mayor position, saving taxpayers $1.561 million to now.
RUBBISH:The City of Waltham has NO RUBBISH FEES and most things can go in the trash. The City has a weekly city-wide recycling and seasonal curbside leaf and yard waste pick up.
USER FEES:There are NO USER FEES in the Schools – for buses, athletics or arts.
TAXES:Our Residential tax bill is one of the lowest around and Waltham provides many more services compared to other cities and towns.