Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Participatory Budgeting for $1M capital funding

Council member Brad Lander, along with 3 other NYC Council members, is spearheading a new approach to allocating money for capital projects out of the members’ discretionary funds.  Known as Participatory Budgeting, the initiative involves district residents directly in the process of developing project proposals, working with city agencies, and voting on which projects will get funded.

The process makes budgeting more transparent and responsive to community needs.  Please take a few minutes to read the NY Times article about  it and visit Brad Lander’s web page for Participatory Budgeting.

The process involves a series of public assemblies and there are opportunities to volunteer in many capacities.  Please volunteer, participate and help make this unique initiative a success! 

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