This week the combined City Council and Board of Finance (AKA the Joint Board) will have the final vote to set the city and school budget for 2017-18. The vote will occur in the City Council chambers at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, May 31. Two weeks ago, the Board of Finance (chaired by Cheryl Thieault, who is running for City Council in November) voted to recommended a school budget in crease of 3%, well below the 7% that would be needed to continue current staffing and programs.