Participatory Budgeting

San Jose - Submitted by Neal Gorenflo on Oct 22 2013

The entire city budget is developed through direct democracy.

This is an extension of participatory budgeting in use circa 2013 where citizens only decided how a fraction of the city budget was allocated as it pertained to their neighborhood.

NOW it's your turn...

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Support( 2 )
How would you expand or adapt this future in 2025?
Oct 22 2013
10:51 PM
Maybe think about how you would prototype this process?
Spock Picard
Oct 22 2013
10:53 PM
Using neighborhood as the separation may miss a lot o minority interests who are dispersed geographically throughout the city. What's a mechanism to get around this?
Stakeholders( 1 )
Who would you need to bring together to make this future happen?
Apr 25 2015
7:37 PM
Mayor, city council, community leaders, citizens. There would have to be somebody tallying votes, making sure they are correct. Police forces may be needed to enforce the vote.
Logistics( 1 )
What resources would you need to mobilize to make this future real?
Oct 22 2013
11:02 PM
Could we build a parallel city budget *now*, based on existing data and revenue projections, that we could evaluate in 1 - 2 years? This might also be useful for guiding nonprofit funding (i.e. gaps where citizens want to spend but cities don't)
Roadblocks( 1 )
What could get in the way of this future?
Feb 22 2014
8:08 PM
One of the reasons direct democracy on a municipal level hasn't been implemented so far is probably because the negotiations are time-consuming and it can be difficult for everyone to agree. To keep the money flowing, would decisions about the local budget be made several years in advance, or handled on a micro level, from neighborhood to neighborhood?