PB week is almost here! We held our community assemblies, online idea submissions, and in person idea submissions. Our budget delegates have met with community groups, discussed among one another, our District Committee deliberated, and project ideas are now projects on the ballot!
Voting week begins March 30th and runs until April 7th.
You’ll have many opportunities to vote, including at various events around the district, pop up locations throughout the week, in our staff office through the week, and online!
Come back to this website for a link to the online ballot on March 30th.
We have a series of voting events that we’ll attend as well, so check out here for our voting locations throughout the week
And you can preview the projects, with their full descriptions here:
What Is PB?
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It is a yearlong process that depends from start to finish on the participation of you and your neighbors. The first step each year is a series of “neighborhood assemblies” where residents come together to brainstorm and share ideas for needed projects. After ideas are presented, volunteers research each idea, including costs and specifics of every proposed project.
Details of the suggested projects are reviewed, finalized, and presented at the Participatory Budgeting Expo in the weeks before the vote. Finally, residents from across the district come out to vote for their favorite projects, and together we collectively decide which of the proposed projects will get funded.
Council Member Brad Lander’s District is one of the only ones that includes both expense projects ($50,000) in addition to capital projects ($1.5 million).
How Can I Get Involved?
There are many ways to help out in the PB process. You can:
- attend a neighborhood assembly to learn about ideas being suggested
- suggest an idea in person OR online
- become a budget delegate and research proposed ideas
- become a committee facilitator
- spread the word for the vote
- vote on the projects you think would best service the community