What if you could weigh in on how your city’s money is spent? In some districts of New York City, you can.
For the first time in history, some New York City residents have been given the opportunity to be directly involved in allocating the city’s budget—more than $6 million of it. Council members in four districts are trying out participatory budgeting, a grassroots democratic system that allows anyone to present proposals for improvements in their communities. The process fosters transparency, equality, and inclusion, words not always associated with municipal governments.Read the rest at Yes! Magazine
NYC Gives Citizens a Say in the Budget
by Kate Malongowski