City Council Makes Changes to Participatory Budgeting
On June 19, the City Council updated plans for Participatory Budgeting (PB), the democratic process that allows residents 14 and older to vote on how to spend $500,000 in City funds.
The Council created a Participatory Budgeting Commission to replace the existing PB Steering Committee. The Commission will have eleven members, up to two from each Council district and one at-large member.
Every PB cycle will take two years: one year for idea collection, project vetting and public voting, and a second year for the City staff to design and build the winning projects.
The City is currently in the middle of Cycle 2. The implementation year begins July 1.