|The City of Greensboro will launch its second cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB) this month with a Kickoff and Open House from 6:30-8:30 pm Thursday, March 30, at the Central Library, 219 N. Church St. City Council began Cycle 2 by appointing 20 residents to serve on the Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee. Volunteers are still needed for all stages of the PB process.
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process that allows residents to help decide how to spend $500,000 of local tax dollars. PB Cycle 2 will identify projects to be funded in the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year. Cycle 2 will begin with a Kickoff and Open House where residents can learn about participatory budgeting and other City programs and projects. Idea Collection Sessions, where residents will be able to propose projects, will be held in April. Budget delegates will vet projects from May through September. Residents citywide will be able to vote on which projects to fund in November.
PB Kickoff and Open House:
March 30, 6:30-8:30 pm, Central Library, 219 N. Church St.
Idea Collection Sessions
Residents are invited to attend a meeting in any district.
April 6, 6:30-8:30 pm, Caldcleugh Multicultural Center, 1700 Orchard St.
April 11, 1-3 pm, McGirt-Horton Library, 2501 Phillips Ave.
April 13, 10 am to 12 noon, Griffin Recreation Center, 5301 Hilltop Rd.
April 20, 6:30-8:30 pm, McNairy Library, 4860 Lake Jeanette Rd.
April 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, Benjamin Library, 1530 Benjamin Pkwy.
During Participatory Budgeting Cycle 1, which began in 2015, delegates vetted thousands of ideas for community projects. More than 1,100 residents aged 14 and older voted to approve 26 projects, including new bus shelters, recreation center art, and emergency call boxes.
Many of the projects are now in the planning and design phase, or have been completed, including a new bus shelter at West Vandalia Road and Lakefield Drive, a traffic turn lane at Randleman Road and Glendale Drive, and a crosswalk at Howard and Spring Garden streets.
For more details about Participatory Budgeting Cycle 2, or for the most recent quarterly update on the progress of projects in Cycle 1, or to volunteer, visit the PB website. To receive occasional updates about Participatory Budgeting, sign up for our newsletter.