2011-11-25 / Top Stories

Participatory Budgeting Enters Next Stage

Local residents take part in the discussion at last month’s first participatory budgeting meeting. Local residents take part in the discussion at last month’s first participatory budgeting meeting. Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich will host an orientation for residents who signed up to be budget delegates for the participatory budgeting process, which will decide how $1 million in capital funding should be spent in the Rockaways. The main orientation will be on Monday, November 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Rockaway Council, 333 Beach 90 Street in Rockaway Beach. All those who wish to serve as budget delegates are encouraged to attend this session. It’s also not too late for interested residents to join the process and become budget delegates. For additional information or to RSVP for the orientation, call Ulrich’s district office at 718-318- 6411.

Participatory budgeting is an open and transparent way for residents to help determine how tax dollars can best be spent in their neighborhood. This year, Ulrich and three of his colleagues each set aside $1 million in capital funding, which will be spent on projects based on community input. During five neighborhood assemblies held over the past two months across Broad Channel and the Peninsula, residents provided hundreds of ideas for projects. Those ideas have been divided into six key areas, around which the budget delegates will form committees: Art, Community and Culture; Education; Environment; Health and Public Safety; Parks and Recreation; and Transportation. At the orientation, delegates will be asked to choose one committee on which they wish to serve. Delegates will then meet in committees several times between December and February to develop the ideas into project proposals, which will ultimately be voted on by the public in March.

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