What is Participatory Budgeting?
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.
Could we use it in Houston?
The Council District Service Funds program sets aside $11 million – $1 million for each Council District member – to allow Council Members to fast track projects. Approximately $6 million comes from capital monies while the remaining $5 million is pulled from operating funds. Check out this financial dashboard to see how the City is spending this money.Council District Service Funds Dashboardhttp://www.houstontx.gov/performance/publications/council-district-service-funds-dashboard
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