New Cycle of Participatory Budgeting Underway!

District 33 adds Expense Funding element this year

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Screenshot of the Participatory Budgeting interactive map. As of this writing there are 2 proposed projects in District 34 and 1 in District 33. Add your idea here

Change begins with an idea. Ideas for projects that benefit those at the most local level are currently being collected.  There is an interactive map on the Participatory Budgeting (PB) website where those with ideas can submit them ( Those in District 33 can volunteer or submit project ideas to Benjamin Solotaire at  Once an idea is documented on the Idea Collection Map, it goes to community volunteers, called Budget Delegates who turn ideas in their own council district into real proposals for a ballot. The final proposals go up for a community-wide vote in the spring.

Council Member Stephen Levin, District 33, announced he’s adding a new pilot program to his district’s PB this year.  “I am very excited to enter into our 7th year of Participatory Budgeting and this year we are adding a whole new funding stream. Along with the usual $1.5 million for capital projects, I have allocated $20,000 to be dedicated to expense projects. Expense projects are smaller, one shot ideas such as equipment for a senior center, weekly artist’s visits for Alzheimer’s patients, or a study of wildlife in one of our parks. Please join us at one of our upcoming assemblies to share your ideas and be part of making the community better for everyone,” said Levin

The expense funding projects must be budgeted between $5,000 and $10,000 and follow the following criteria:  must be implemented by a city or a non-profit organization eligible to receive city council expense funds; this is a one-time disbursement, no expectation of renewal, for equipment, furniture, or trainings; new and innovative programs. These projects will go through the same finalization process as the capital projects.

In the North Brooklyn section of District 33 there are two Neighborhood Assemblies scheduled: September 16, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at the Dupont Senior Center (80 Dupont Street); and on October 11, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at Independence Community Center (114 Taylor Street). Project ideas will be shared and discussed.

To submit a project idea, go to the interactive map at the PB website: . Those in District 33 can submit capital and expense funding projects, volunteer by contacting Benjamin Solotaire at 718.875.5200 or at


Author: The Greenline

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