As part of its 9th Participatory Budgeting (PB) Cycle, the City of Cambridge invites the community to vote on projects to improve the city from December 1-11, 2022. This process is open to all Cambridge residents age 12 and older (and all 6th graders) regardless of citizenship status, including university students.
Residents can vote online here. Online voting will be code authenticated; voters will enter their cell phone number or email on the PB website, a code will be sent to them via text message or email, and then they will enter that code online for one-time access to the ballot. The online ballot will be available in English, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Portuguese, Amharic, Arabic, and Bangla.
Residents can also vote over the phone by calling the Budget Office at 617-349-4270 during regular business hours: Thursday, Dec. 1, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5, from 8:30 a.m.– 8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Dec. 6-8, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cambridge residents can also vote in person, click here to learn more.
Voters can choose up to five projects, the final 20 projects on the PB9 Ballot are:
- Electric Vehicle Charging Stations ($250,000)
- Finding your way at Danehy Park ($75,000)
- Visual Communication Boards in Playgrounds ($20,000)
- Trees for Danehy Park and Cambridge ($100,000)
- Bike Parking and Bike Repair Stations ($100,000)
- Outdoor Gym ($130,000)
- Let’s Play Pickleball ($60,000)
- Three New Public Art Murals ($120,000)
- Enhance The Moore Youth Center Exterior ($100,000)
- Basketball Renovations ($275,000)
- Let’s Play Chess ($35,000)
- Digital Map for Navigating Cambridge ($60,000)
- Sit and Recharge in the Shade ($100,000)
- Smart Recycling and Trash Compactors ($40,000)
- More Outdoor Public Wi-fi ($100,000)
- Technology for Youth Centers ($250,000)
- E-cargo Bikes for Watering Trees ($25,000)
- Expand Access to Bluebikes ($175,000)
- Automatic Doors for Libraries ($150,000)
- Look and Listen: Safer Crossing for Cambridge ($180,000)
(Projects are listed in random order)
What is PB?
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. This PB cycle, the City will set aside $1 million of the FY24 Capital Budget for one-time capital projects to improve the community.
- June 1 - July 31, 2022 - Community members brainstorm and submit IDEAS about how to spend $1 million of the City's FY24 Budget on capital projects to improve Cambridge
- August - November 2022 - Volunteer PB delegates will work in committees to research and develop submitted ideas into project proposals for the PB Ballot.
- November 2022 - City staff vet proposals for FEASIBILITY and COST.
- December 1- 11, 2022 – Residents VOTE on which projects they’d like the City to fund. All Cambridge residents age 12 and older can vote, regardless of citizenship status.
- December 14, 2022 - RESULTS are announced and winning projects are included in the City’s FY24 Capital Budget.
- July 2023 onward - Winning projects are implemented.
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. *This map will be updated in 2023.
You can learn more about winning projects from past cycles by exploring our PB Cycles tab.
Some Images provided by the Participatory Budgeting Project.