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In the early 1900s, the financial condition of the City and the methods employed in carrying on the City’s business was not inspiring confidence in the public. The Legislature was petitioned to create an independent agency, which would conduct investigations and make recommendations.

In 1909, a bill was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives relating “to the administration of the City of Boston and to amend the Charter of the said city.” The bill established the City of Boston Finance Commission.  

“It shall be the duty of the Finance Commission... to investigate any and all matters relating to appropriations, loans, expenditures, accounts, and methods of administration affecting the City of Boston...”