Presentation on theme: "Participatory Budgeting: Real Money, Real Power Donata Secondo Project Coordinator The Participatory Budgeting Project."— Presentation transcript:
Participatory Budgeting: Real Money, Real Power Donata Secondo Project Coordinator The Participatory Budgeting Project
Why participation in budgeting? Budgets are policy without the rhetoric Money talks, so people pay attention Public budgets are taxpayer money
What is Participatory Budgeting? A democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget Making real decisions about real money (NOT a consultation) An annual cycle (NOT a one-off event) Usually for discretionary funds (NOT the whole budget)
How does participatory budgeting work? Brainstorm Ideas Select Delegates Develop Proposals Vote on Proposals Implement Projects
Where has participatory budgeting worked? Porto Alegre, Brazil Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America 1,000+ PB processes in the world! Cities, States, Counties, Public Housing, Schools, Community Organizations
New York City: 2011 District 39, Brooklyn Brad Lander (D) District 8, Manhattan Melissa Mark-Viverito (D) District 32, Queens Eric Ulrich (R) Over $5 Million TOTAL in Council Member discretionary funds District 45, Brooklyn Jumaane Williams (D)
PBNYC Year 1 - Outcomes PB Engaged over 8,000 people 2,400 residents identified 2,000 project ideas to address community needs Over 300 active volunteers researched, revised and developed 78 full project proposals 6,000 voters chose 27 winning projects – and voters were more representative of community demographics than in standard elections
PBNYC Year 1 Video
PBNYC District 8: Melissa Mark-Viverito District 19: Dan Halloran District 19: Dan Halloran District 33: Stephen Levin District 33: Stephen Levin District 23: Mark Weprin District 23: Mark Weprin District 39: Brad Lander District 39: Brad Lander District 45: Jumaane D. Williams District 45: Jumaane D. Williams District 44: David Greenfield District 44: David Greenfield District 32: Eric Ulrich District 32: Eric Ulrich AT LEAST $10 MILLION IN CAPITAL DISCRETIONARY FUNDS TOTAL!
Main Goals: 1) Inclusion 2) Equality3) Empowerment Other Goals: equity, more civic participation, community-building, education, responsible and efficient spending, sustainable and livable neighborhoods Core Principles Why PB in NYC? Our Goals
How are decisions made? Traditional vs. Participatory Process Traditionally Council Members determine how to spend their discretionary money, by deciding which projects to submit to the Council Speaker for funding. PB Participatory Budgeting* All community members have the opportunity to decide what projects their Council Member submits for funding. *Proposals still must follow city rules for spending and other requirements. How are decisions made? Traditional vs. Participatory Process
1. Neighborhood Assemblies (Sep-Oct) identify community needs, select delegates 2. Delegate Meetings (Oct-Feb) develop proposals 3. Project Expos (Feb) share proposals and get community feedback 4. Community Vote (March) 5. Implementation & Monitoring of projects How does PB work in NYC?
City-Wide Steering Committee Design and oversee overall process Council Member Staff Grassroots Organizations Resource Organizations District Reps PBP Lead Technical Assistant District Committee D19 Community Voices Heard Community Engagement Partner District Committee D23 District Committee D32 District Committee D33 Council Members District Committee D39 District Committee D44 District Committee D45 District Committee D8 Organizers and Support the process locallyImplement and manage
Participatory Budgeting in NYC Everyone can participate in PB! Anyone can attend an assembly and propose a project. To be a budget delegate you must: be at least 14 years old, and live in the district, work in the district, own a business in the district, attend school in the district, or have children who attend school in the district To vote for projects you must be at least 16 years old and live in the district Who can participate?