Category: Participatory Budgeting


Participatory Budgeting

What is Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It’s grassroots democracy at its best. It helps make budget decisions clear and accessible. It gives real power to people who have never before been involved in the political process. And it results in better budget decisions—because who better knows the needs of our community than the people who live there?

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In 2015, the Council began implementing text messaging in pilot programs across different initiatives. After introducing SMS as a way to increase turnout for Participatory Budgeting, we’ve expanded the program to include idea submissions, as well as general updates from the Council.

To sign up for Council’s General Text Updates, text NYCC to 917-746-5837!
To sign up for our Participatory Budgeting Text Updates, text PBNYC to 212-676-8384!

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