Benjamin Solotiare, Manager of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement at The Fortune Society

The Beautiful Thing About Participatory Budgeting

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a civic engagement tool that brings people together to share ideas about local capital improvements, and then they work with each other and their government officials to prioritize the projects that matter most. Finally, they vote on which projects get funded with their tax dollars.

Over the last few months, people around NYC have been working together on this process and it’s time to vote on which projects will receive funding. Once again, The Fortune Society is working with the City Council and the 24 Council Members who are doing PB to get people to come out and vote.

People might say that they can’t vote because they aren’t registered … or they aren’t citizens … or they’re on parole. But the beauty of PB is that you just have to live in the district and be over 16. That’s right, there are no barriers to voting except living in the district and being over 16.

Some of the exciting projects around the city this year include a public greenhouse in District 7, new air conditioning in several public schools in District 8, and a mobile emergency animal care unit in District 15.

Check out Council.nyc.gov/pb to see if your Council Member is participating – and then pledge to vote! You can also text “Decide” to 212-674-8384 for updates and follow PB on Twitter at @PB_NYC.

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