How much money is Cambridge setting aside and what can it be used for?

A:

The City is setting aside $700,000 in FY18 capital funds for the third PB cycle, an increase of $100,000 from the second PB process. Projects are eligible for funding if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are capital projects, which usually involve infrastructure improvements (as opposed to operating projects, which usually fund salaries and services)
    • Infrastructure is usually physical, but not always. IT-related projects, such as developing an app or expanding free public Wi-Fi, are eligible.
    • Most capital projects have some sort of associated operating cost. Projects that would require the City to hire additional staff are not eligible.
  • Are one-time expenditures that cost $700,000 or less
  • Benefit the public
  • Are implemented by the City of Cambridge on City property (streets, sidewalks, parks, libraries, schools, youth centers, senior centers, municipal buildings, etc.)
    • Projects on Cambridge Housing Authority, DCR, and MBTA property are not eligible.
    • PB funding cannot be used to make a grant to a nonprofit organization.

Before being submitted to the public vote, all projects must be approved by the City Manager to ensure they meet all of the legal requirements of capital projects.

 

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