Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a city budget.
Councilmember Nick Licata and City Neighborhood Council will co-host a forum on Tuesday, January 27 about how participatory budgeting has worked in other cities, and discuss how it could work here in Seattle. It’s scheduled from 6-8 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room in City Hall.
Participatory budgeting is a flexible tool that has worked in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. It can be used for budgets at a district level, citywide or for specific groups; Boston let city youth as young as age 12 decide how to spend $1 million in city funds. There will be a speaker from the Participatory Budgeting Project to tell us how it’s worked in other cities in the US, Europe, and South America.
Food and beverages will be provided. Come find out more, and share how participatory budgeting could work in Seattle!
City Councilmembers will host four “Community Budget Workshops” in Delridge, the Central District, University District and Columbia City over the month of May. Councilmembers will engage with the public to ask their spending priorities for the 2015-2016 City budget. Members of the public can make suggestions about the specific departments listed for each workshop, as well as identify neighborhood needs and priorities. After a City Budget Office presentation, there will be small group discussions with Councilmembers, and a report back at the end. The public is encouraged to drop in during any of the scheduled times to talk about any issues concerning the City budget.
“We wanted to reach out into the community and hear what the public has to say about their budget,” said Councilmember Nick Licata, Chair of the City Council Budget Committee. “I hope you’ll stop by to talk to us about any issues important to you.”
WHAT: “Community Budget Workshops” with Seattle City Councilmembers
DATE/TIME: Tues., May 6, 6p – 8p
DEPARTMENTS: Human Services/Housing/Economic Development
LOCATION: Rainier Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Columbia City)
DATE/TIME: Wed., May 7, 6p – 8p
DEPARTMENTS: Transportation/Land Use
LOCATION: Garfield Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Central Area)
DATE/TIME: Thurs., May 8, 6p – 8p
LOCATION: University Heights Community Center, Room 209 (University District)
DATE/TIME: Wed., May 14, 6p – 8p
DEPARTMENTS: Public Safety/Civil Rights
LOCATION: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Room 111 (Delridge)
Seattle City Councilmembers