Weekly Wonder: The City of Boston has spent $1.21 billion this year. Where did it go?

By Emma Goddard
BU News Service

Recent data from Boston’s Checkbook Explorer shows that the city spends more than $1 billion per year on average. Top departments receiving these funds include the Boston Public School Department, health insurance for city employees and public works.

Over the past decade, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a not-for-profit health services company that provides health benefit plans and programs to customers in New England,  has contributed the most funds to Boston by a large margin, with the U.S. Bank National Association as the second highest contributor.

According to the City of Boston, the budget for the 2019 fiscal year shows a 4.4 percent increase compared to 2018.

View the data from the City of Boston here. Data from Open Expenditures can be found here.

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