The 2017 Participatory Budgeting cycle is about to begin!
We are currently seeking volunteers to serve on the PB4 Outreach Committee to help ensure that our PB process engages as many community members as possible. Outreach Committee members will serve throughout the PB4 cycle (May-December 2017) by:
- Organizing community events and promoting PB through your networks and social media
- Attending monthly outreach strategy sessions from May-November (no meeting in September)
- Distributing PB flyers, doorhangers, and posters around Cambridge
- Setting up and volunteering for at least two idea collection events in June/July
- Setting up and volunteering for at least two voting events in December
- Working in mobile voting teams during Vote Week in December to increase voter turnout from last year
- Recruiting volunteers to serve as Budget Delegates
The deadline to apply is May 12, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Justin and Michelle at (617) 349-4270 or email@example.com. Thank you!
What is PB all about?
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process through which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. The City hopes that PB will help directly involve residents in the budgeting and City-building process, foster civic engagement and community spirit, and help ensure that the City’s Capital Plan reflects the priorities of Cambridge residents.
The fourth Participatory Budgeting (PB) cycle in Cambridge will run from May-December 2017. This time, the City will set aside $800,000 of the FY19 Budget for one-time capital projects to improve the community. Winning projects from past PB cycles include a public toilet in Central Square, solar panels for the Main Library roof, bike repair stations, a freezer van for prepared food rescue, water bottle fill stations, bilingual books for children learning English, and many others.
After community members brainstorm project ideas in June and July, volunteer Budget Delegates will research and develop those ideas into formal project proposals from August through November. Proposals that are vetted by City staff and approved by the City Manager will appear on a PB ballot in December for a public vote. Winning projects will be included in the FY19 Capital Budget for adoption.
Check out the map of past winning PB projects
Click here to see a Google map that displays all of the winning projects from PB1 and PB2. Projects with blue icons have been completed, while projects with grey icons have not yet been completed. Some projects will be implemented at multiple locations throughout Cambridge; in these cases, locations on the map are approximate or represent a general area.
You can learn more about winning projects from past cycles by exploring our PB Cycles tab.