THE RESULTS ARE IN!
In 2015, New York City Council Members asked residents to decide how to spend $32 million in their neighborhoods through participatory budgeting. Thank you to the over 51,000 New Yorkers who cast ballots in the April 2015 Participatory Budgeting vote!
Find out what what projects will be funded in your district!
WHAT IS PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING?
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay taxes decide how tax dollars get spent. Participatory budgeting helps make budget decisions clear and accessible. It gives real power to people who have never before been involved in the political process. And it results in better budget decisions - because who better knows the needs of our community than the people who live there?
This year, twenty-four Council Members let residents allocate part of their capital discretionary funds, giving the community real decision-making power over more than $32 million in taxpayer money.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
PB is a yearlong process of public meetings, to make sure that people have the time and resources to make wise decisions. Community members discuss local needs and develop proposals to meet these needs. Through a public vote, residents then decide which proposals to fund.
Image courtesy Participatory Budgeting Project
MAP OF WINNING PROJECTS
Explore all the 2015 winning projects throughout the 24 participating council districts
WHAT WAS ON THE BALLOT?
Volunteer budget delegates from across the district spent last winter reviewing ideas proposed at neighborhood assemblies. They conducted site visits, consulted with City agencies, and developed those ideas into project proposals for the Participatory Budgeting ballot.
Find out what is on the ballot in your district, and then come out and vote for the projects you want to see in your community!