Participatory Budgeting, by Yasmin Jumor

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process of government in which all the people of a state or city are involved in making decisions about their choice by voting. Participatory Budgeting is a part of total budget in Cambridge City. The Cambridge residents over 12 years can participate by voting. The main idea is giving a chance to the people can bring their opinions, choices and ideas to make a city better in the world.

There are many advantages to Participatory Budgeting. For example, participatory Budgeting is working as a bridge to make a relationship between city government and civil society. People can use their thorough analysis of the process of participatory budgeting. People can advise the city government which one is the best for them. People also know what projects the city will develop for the next year. For example, we all ready know this year participatory budget has Separate Bike Lanes from Traffic, so we can make our budget plan to buy a bike.

Also, there are many disadvantages to Participatory Budgeting. For example, there are limited options to choose. People don't know who brought those primary ideas. There are most project only selected places or streets so only limited people have benefit of that. Still many people don't know about Participatory Budgeting in Cambridge. It has long process to finish a project as a result people have to wait for long time to benefit from it.

Everything has a good and bad side, but overall my experience with Participatory Budgeting, this amount money of budget has been increasing year by year. It is a very good process for the City but we need more and more people involved in the Budgeting and for that we need more and more publishing about it. One day Cambridge City will become one of the best and beautiful city in the world. Many people will come from different state or country to live in Cambridge. It will also become one of the most diverse cities in the world.

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