This summer, the City began the ninth PB process in Cambridge. In June and July, community members submitted more than 1,320 ideas for how to spend $1 million of the FY24 capital budget to improve Cambridge. From August 2022 through November 2022, volunteer residents distilled and developed those ideas into proposals to meet community needs. Now, you can vote and decide which projects the City should fund. Make your voice heard!
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)
*PB9 vote results will be announced at the Cambridge Senior Center on Wednesday, December 14 at 6 PM, join us!
From August-November, 60+ PB Delegates will work in five committees to research, assess, and prioritize all of the submitted ideas and ultimately develop the following 20 final proposals for the December 2022 PB ballot.
Read the PB9 Budget Delegate Guide to find out more about the proposal development process.
PB Cycle 9 Timeline
- Community members brainstorm and submit IDEAS (June 1-July 31, 2022)
- Volunteer Budget Delegates turn ideas into project PROPOSALS (August-November 2022)
- City staff vet proposals for FEASIBILITY and COST (November 2022)
- Residents VOTE on which projects they’d like the City to fund (December 1-11, 2022)
- RESULTS are announced and winning projects are included in the City’s FY23 Capital Budget (December 14, 2022)
- Projects are IMPLEMENTED (July 1, 2023, onward)
To read about all of the ideas that were submitted in the ninth cycle, please click the map below: