City Council District 34 - The People's Budget
Participate in City Council District 34'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.
This process belongs to PBNYC : The People's Budget
Welcome to the PBNYC page for District 34! D34 covers the Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Bushwick, Ridgewood and is represented by Council Member Jennifer Gutiérrez.
Residents in each participating City Council district can decide how to spend capital funding.
For Capital funds this will mean that $1 million of Council Member budget allocation that 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, housing, and other public spaces can be funded.
Council Members may also decide to use part of their expense funding for PB. Expense funding is programmatic and can be used for programs such as community classes, planting gardens, equipment to maintain parks, art supplies for public art projects. These must be a minimum of $5,000 and be received by organizations approved to receive city funding. 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 34.
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 and community-based organizations.