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Boston City Council approves $2.6 billion budget

The Boston City Council unanimously approved a $2.6 billion budget Wednesday for the next fiscal year, as well as nearly $1 billion for the city’s public schools. The funding marks a 5.2 percent, $128.5 million, increase over the current fiscal year 2013 budget, said Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s office. The 13-member council also unanimously approved $937.4 million for the Boston public schools in fiscal 2014 and $1.8 billion over five years for capital projects, Menino’s office said.

“I am pleased that the City Council approved this budget, the final one of my Administration,” Menino said in a statement. “It invests in all neighborhoods and continues to build on the strengths and relationships that have propelled Boston forward.”

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