I’m sure I could have a “residency requirements redux” post every year, because the City Council always brings it up, so expect a “residency requirements redux redux” post next year.
I don’t have a lot to mention that’s new this year, but it’s always worth remembering that the same issues that were mentioned at the May 28 meeting (see “Council rekindles residence issues”, T&G May 29), and at every meeting where a residency requirement is discussed, occur in the municipalities where there are existing residency requirements.
That is, unless anything has changed — and I don’t believe it has — teachers, firefighters and police are exempt from Boston’s residency requirements. Ditto Springfield. So while I appreciate the angst we periodically experience about city residency, unless there’s a different plan beyond “but Boston does it” and a willingness to talk about how much this is worth to us, in dollars (as Councilor Lukes said), we’ll just keep talking about this year after year.
But how’s that auditor search coming?