City Council District 1 - The People's Budget
Participate in City Council District 1's participatory budgeting
What is Participatory Budgeting?
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process where community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. PB gives communities real power over real money.
PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil as an anti-poverty measure, and has since spread to over 7,000 cities around the world. PB has been used to spend state, county, and city budgets, as well as those of schools, housing authorities, and other public institutions.
PBNYC voting is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated in PBNYC Cycle 11 by suggesting ideas, commenting on projects, volunteering, and voting. Both online and in-person votes are now being counted. Please check back soon for the results!
This process belongs to PBNYC : The People's Budget
Welcome to the PBNYC page for City Council District 1! D1 covers the Manhattan neighborhoods of Battery Park City, Civic Center, Chinatown, Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, South Street Seaport, South Village, TriBeCa & Washington Square and is represented by Council Member Christopher Marte as of January 1, 2022.
Residents in each participating City Council district can decide how to spend capital and/or discretionary expense funding.
Capital funds allocated for participatory budgeting can be used for physical infrastructure projects that benefit the public, cost at least $50,000, and have a lifespan of at least 5 years. For example, projects such as local improvements to schools, parks, libraries, streetscapes, and other public spaces can be funded.
Expense funds allocated for participatory budgeting can be used for programmatic projects that benefit the public, cost at least $5,000, and can be fully funded within the current budget cycle. For example, operating costs for public classes, a feasibility study, equipment or furniture, and other programmatic costs can be funded through a one-time reimbursement to a non-profit with no expectation of renewal.
Initial idea suggestions are submitted by residents in the fall, ideas are vetted, refined, and matched to agencies or organizations by PB volunteers, and a ballot is created and voted on by residents of District 1.
Council Members then submit projects receiving the most votes to be allocated in the budget at adoption in June for the following fiscal year. The projects are then implemented by City agencies.