The participatory budgeting process gives New Yorkers the power to decide how to spend tax dollars in our neighborhoods.
Every year, the participatory budgeting (PB) process begins with an idea collection phase, which is facilitated by participating City Council members, like the 47th District’s Mark Treyger and the 44th District’s David Greenfield. Each participating Councilmember allocates at least $1 million from their individual budget, which is awarded to projects decided upon by the whole community.
Do you have ideas for projects in our community that could be funded via PB? Please submit your ideas here by midnight tonight — September 30th.
Please note that Councilmember Treyger’s office is planning to host community meetings where residents will be able to submit ideas but, if you’re concerned you may not be able to make it to a meeting, the deadline for on-line submission is tonight.
Councilmember Greenfield’s office says that they will continue to accept ideas directly after tonight — at least for the first two weeks of October. You can submit them by phone at (718) 853-2704 or by email at DGreenfield@council.nyc.gov.
Here’s how the PB process works:
1.) You and your neighbors come up with ideas for projects that will help our schools, libraries, parks, streets, and other shared spaces.
2.) Neighbors and elected officials work together to research the feasibility and need for each project, and finalize a list of projects to put on the ballot.
3.) A public vote is held on the projects in the Spring, and the community decides which ones will be funded.
Any resident of a Council district participating in PB who is age 14 and older can vote in PB – even if you are not a registered voter. All you need is an ID (license, passport, IDNYC), a utility bill, or some other document stating your name and address.
Sixty-seven thousand New Yorkers voted this Spring on how to spend a total of $38 million via Participatory Budgeting — the highest turnout ever. This year, 32 City Council districts are participating, up from just four when PB started six years ago.