How does PB work in Cambridge? What happens when?


The third PB cycle will run from May-December 2016 and include the following key phases:

  • Planning and recruitment of a volunteer OUTREACH COMMITTEE consisting of residents and representatives from local nonprofit and community-based organizations (May 2016)
  • Community members brainstorm and submit IDEAS about how to spend $700,000 of the City's budget on capital projects to improve Cambridge (June-July 2016)
  • Volunteer Budget Delegates research and prioritize ideas, ultimately developing final PROPOSALS for the PB ballot (August-November 2016)
  • City staff vet proposals for FEASIBILITY and COST (November 2016)
  • Residents VOTE on which projects they’d like the City to fund (December 3-9, 2016)
  • RESULTS are announced and winning projects are included in the City’s FY18 capital budget (December 2016)
  • The pilot PB process is EVALUATED (January-March 2017)
  • Winning projects are IMPLEMENTED (July 2017 onward)

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