Participatory Budgeting Timeline
The participatory budgeting process allows residents to decide how a portion of the city’s annual budget is spent in their community. The process has six main steps, starting in September 2013 and continuing into 2014.
Neighborhood Assemblies - September/October 2013
At public meetings in each district, Council Members and the Participatory Budgeting District Committee present information on the budget funds, and residents brainstorm project ideas and volunteer to be budget delegates.
The nearly 700 suggested ideas were suggested last year.
Delegate Orientations - November 2013
Community members who volunteer to be delegates at the assemblies learn about the budget process, project development, and key spending areas, then form committees. Sign up to be a budget delegate here.
Delegate Meetings - November 2013 - March 2014
Delegates meet in committees to transform the community’s initial project ideas into full proposals, with support from Council Member staff and other experts.
Participatory Budgeting Expo - March 2014
Delegates will present their project proposals to the community and answer questions.
Voting - March/April 2014
Anyone 16 or older who lives in the City Council district can vote on which projects will receive funding. Top vote getting projects recieve funding.
Evaluation, Implementation & Monitoring - April 2014 onwards
Delegates and other participants will evaluate the process, then continue to oversee the implementation of projects.
What does your neighborhood need? An improved park? Safer streets? New school technology? In participatory budgeting, you give your ideas and City Councilmember Brad Lander has set aside $1 million to fund them. And your votes will decide which projects get funded.