Idea collection was open from June 1 - July 31, 2016. During that time, community members submitted 548 ideas on how to spend $700,000 to improve Cambridge! You can view submitted ideas on our online map.
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 third Participatory Budgeting (PB) cycle in Cambridge will run from June-December 2016. This time, the City will set aside $700,000 of the FY18 Budget for one-time capital projects to improve the community. Winning projects from past PB cycles include a public toilet in Central Square, 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 FY18 Capital Budget for adoption.