The 2021 Participatory Budgeting results are in!
From December 3-12, 7,441 Cambridge residents age 12 and older voted to decide how to spend $1 million on capital projects to improve the community. The winning projects were announced during a virtual results event. The following 7 projects have won $1,140,000 in FY23 Capital Funding:
- Home Essentials for Newly Housed Residents ($60,000)
- Keep Cambridge Clean ($80,000)
- STEAM Upgrades for Youth Centers! ($110,000)
- Public Bathroom ($400,000)
- African American & Indigenous Peoples Historical Reckoning Project ($180,000)
- Traffic Signals for Cyclists ($60,000)
- Electric Vehicle Charging Stations ($250,000)
A detailed breakdown of the vote is available on the Cycle 8 page.
This year's vote turnout represents the second highest total in Cambridge PB history, thank you to all 7,441 residents that voted online, over the phone, and in-person. Special thanks to the City Manager for fully funding the seventh winning project, bringing the total FY23 PB8 funding to $1,140,000. After this year's vote, PB will have funded 55 Capital Projects totaling over $6.3 million.
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 eighth Participatory Budgeting (PB8) cycle in Cambridge will run from June through December 2021. This time, the City will set aside $1,000,000 of the FY23 Budget for one-time capital projects to improve the community. Winning projects from past PB cycles include laundry access in schools, solar panels for the Main Library roof, bike repair stations, a freezer van for prepared food rescue, street trees, 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 December PB8 ballot in which all Cambridge residents age 12 and older will be able to participate. Winning projects will be included in the FY23 Capital Budget for adoption.
Check out the StoryMap of past winning PB projects
Click here to see our StoryMap that displays all of the winning projects from PB1, PB2, PB3, PB4, PB5, and PB6.
You can learn more about winning projects from past cycles by exploring our PB Cycles tab.
Some Images provided by the Participatory Budgeting Project.