What are PB Delegates and how does proposal development work?


PB Delegates are volunteers who work in the fall to research, evaluate, and prioritize the project ideas submitted by community members from August - November. PB Delegates ultimately develop the final project proposals for the annual PB vote in December. They do this through research, community assessments, and site visits, as well as through consultations with City staff regarding project feasibility and cost. Budget Delegates evaluate submitted ideas on three main criteria: need, impact, and feasibility. 

During the 2021 PB process, 50+ Budget Delegates worked in the following 5 committees to narrow down all of the submitted ideas into 20 final project proposals for the ballot: Community Resources, Environment, Parks & Recreation, Streetsmarts, and Youth & Technology.  

If you are interested in volunteering as a PB Delegate, please contact the Cambridge Budget Office at [email protected] or (617) 349-4270.

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  • Carmen Diego
    commented 2016-09-21 00:12:08 -0400
    can we get a place for simple suggested ideas etc…. it would be cool if we had a water fountain somewhere close to the squares that we could use year round