City Council District 40 - The People's Budget
Participate in City Council District 40'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 City Council District 40! D40 covers the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Park, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens and is represented by Council Member Elect Rita Joseph.
Residents in each participating City Council district can decide how to spend capital and/or discretionary expense funding.
For Capital funds, this will mean that $1 million of the Council Members' budget allocation dedicated to PB 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.
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 40.
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.