PB Cycle 5

The 20 final proposals for the December 2018 PB ballot:

  1. Technology for the Community Learning Center ($20,000)
  2. Upgrades at the Central Square Library ($100,000)
  3. Water Fountains in Every Park ($90,000)
  4. Artwork Celebrating Same-Sex Marriage Rights ($75,000)
  5. Connecting Face 2 Face: Video Conferencing for All ($50,000)
  6. Protect the Health and Safety of our Firefighters ($110,000)
  7. Let’s Rest: Picnic Tables & Benches for Our Parks ($120,000)
  8. Let Us Remember: Cambridge Memorial Peace Garden ($400,000)
  9. Fit, Fun, and Free: Outdoor Gyms for All ($125,000)
  10. Swinging in the City ($120,000)
  11. Smoother Cycling ($250,000)
  12. Light it Up ($130,000)
  13. What’s Your Speed? ($75,000)
  14. Charging into the Future ($100,000)
  15. Give me Shelter! ($100,000)
  16. Rain Gardens for Resiliency ($150,000)
  17. Trees, please! ($200,000)
  18. Clean Up Cambridge ($125,000)
  19. Thirst-mobile: Water truck with free, cold water ($75,000)
  20. Soak Up the Solar Power ($250,000)

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 fifth Participatory Budgeting (PB) cycle in Cambridge will run from May-December 2018. This time, the City will set aside $900,000 of the FY20 Budget for one-time capital projects to improve the community. Winning projects from past PB cycles include a public toilet in Central Square, solar panels for the Main Library roof, resource kits for the homeless, a freezer van for prepared food rescue, 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 PB ballot in December for a public vote. Winning projects will be included in the FY20 Capital Budget for adoption. 


PB Cycle 5 Timeline

  • Planning, recruitment of OUTREACH COMMITTEE (May 2018)
  • Community members brainstorm and submit IDEAS (June 1-July 31, 2018)
  • Volunteer Budget Delegates turn ideas into concrete project PROPOSALS (August-November 2018)
  • City staff vet proposals for FEASIBILITY and COST (November 2018)
  • Residents VOTE on which projects they’d like the City to fund (December 1-7, 2018)
  • RESULTS are announced and winning projects are included in the City’s FY20 Capital Budget (December 2018)
  • Projects are IMPLEMENTED (July 1, 2019 onward)

Click here to vote for your favorite PB projects!


Idea Collection

To read about all of the ideas that were submitted in the fifth cycle, please click the map below:

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Proposal Development

From August-November, 50+ Budget 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 2018 PB ballot. Read the 2018 Budget Delegate Guide to find out more about the proposal development process.

  1. Technology for the Community Learning Center ($20,000)
  2. Upgrades at the Central Square Library ($100,000)
  3. Water Fountains in Every Park ($90,000)
  4. Artwork Celebrating Same-Sex Marriage Rights ($75,000)
  5. Connecting Face 2 Face: Video Conferencing for All ($50,000)
  6. Protect the Health and Safety of our Firefighters ($110,000)
  7. Let’s Rest: Picnic Tables & Benches for Our Parks ($120,000)
  8. Let Us Remember: Cambridge Memorial Peace Garden ($400,000)
  9. Fit, Fun, and Free: Outdoor Gyms for All ($125,000)
  10. Swinging in the City ($120,000)
  11. Smoother Cycling ($250,000)
  12. Light it Up ($130,000)
  13. What’s Your Speed? ($75,000)
  14. Charging into the Future ($100,000)
  15. Give me Shelter! ($100,000)
  16. Rain Gardens for Resiliency ($150,000)
  17. Trees, please! ($200,000)
  18. Clean Up Cambridge ($100,000)
  19. Thirst-mobile: Water truck with free, cold water ($75,000)
  20. Soak Up the Solar Power ($250,000)


PB5 Vote

The fifth Participatory Budgeting Vote is from December 1-7, 2018. Cambridge residents age 12 and older, including non-US citizens and university students, are able to vote for up to 5 PB projects on the ballot.  

Winning projects will be included in the City's FY20 Capital Budget. Implementation will take place during FY20, which runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. We'll post updates about project implementation on this page and in our blog, so please stay tuned!

 

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  • Nancy Gold
    commented 2018-12-05 01:42:55 -0500
    I’m concerned that two of the items, #6 Protect the Health and Safety of our Firefighters and #11 Smoother Cycling, seem to me to be items that should definitely be in the city budget without our having to vote on them. Firefighters should have all the safety equipment they need and the DPW should fill in potholes on all vehicle lanes, including bike lanes. I’m torn between voting for these items and not voting for them since they do not, as I said, seem like discretionary items.
  • Keren Schlomy
    commented 2018-12-04 11:30:06 -0500
    I am disturbed by the fact that no 2016 or 2017 budget winners are shown as completed on the map (2017 winners aren’t shown at all) and even 2015-approved money for simple things like chairs for schools have not been spent. There are projects listed in the current round for which money was appropriated in previous rounds and not spent, like water bottle fountains in parks and flashing crosswalk beacons. Yet more are on the budget for voting. The City needs to keep up with implementation of approved projects!

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