Community Budgeting Project
Imagine a whole new approach to the way we manage public money at the local level, where community members directly decide how to spend a portion of the City Budget. Imagine if the next time you went to vote for your favorite candidate for Mayor or City Council, you could also vote on specific projects that would benefit your neighborhood, improve a local park, or provide summer jobs for at-risk youth.
The residents of Pinellas County face a historic decision this November when they vote on a 1% sales tax to expand public transportation over the next decade and beyond. With that in mind, The People’s Budget Review is talking to thousands of everyday people about their priorities around the issue of public transportation. We want to get you the facts and find out how expanding public transit can work for all residents. After all, it’s our money.
Voices United is a blog sponsored by the People's Budget Review with the aim of providing an inclusive platform for local residents to discuss issues of quality of life in Pinellas County. Our goal is to collect a rich and diverse array of contributors from different perspectives and walks of life. If you are interested in joining the conversation please contact us.
Is St. Pete Ready for Direct Democracy?
I’ve got a friend, we’ve all got this friend. He’s the skeptical kind; always “realistic” and “practical”, but mostly just cynical when it comes down to getting things done. I’ve been talking to him about the idea of participatory budgeting, that is; the right of the people to take a very small portion of the City Budget and vote directly on projects that the people choose.