In 2011, four New York City Council Members - Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Eric Ulrich, and Jumaane D. Williams - launched a PB process to let residents allocate part of their capital discretionary funds. This year, nearly half of the City Council Members have joined the process, giving the community real decision-making power over at least $25 million in taxpayer money across twenty-three districts.

Between September 2014 and April 2015, residents of participating districts will directly decide how to spend at least $1 million of their Council Member’s funds – for a total of approximately $25 million. Residents of each district will propose and vote on local infrastructure projects, such as improvements to schools, parks, libraries, and housing. The Council Members will then submit the projects with the most votes to Council. 

To get involved in this year's PB process, visit the New York City Council's website

More information about how participatory budgeting works.

More information about participatory budgeting in New York City.