Community Control Over Public Dollar$ is an informational Exposition on Participatory Budgeting in Buffalo.
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a fairly new way to make decisions about publicly funded projects. Participatory Budgeting gives ordinary people decision-making power over real money. PB is already working in over 1,500 municipalities around the world. It includes everyone in the community – especially those who are often excluded from the political process or feel disillusioned with current political structures and institutions.
Community Control over Public Dollar$ is the culmination of the work done by the City Hall PB Committee. The committee was established by a resolution introduced by Councilman LoCurto - which passed unanimously, back in July, 2014 - to produce recommendations on how the City of Buffalo may implement a Participatory Budgeting Process and join other cities like Chicago, St. Louis, Boston and NYC. The Committee was diverse and represented many neighborhoods in the City of Buffalo; like the Community Action Organization (CAO) of Buffalo, the Seneca Babcock Community Center, the Somali- Bantu Community Organization and the University Heights Tool Library. There were also individuals residents in the committee who were appointed by the councilmen.
The Exposition on the 25th of March is shaping up to be a fun-filled family friendly event where members of the committee will get to showcase the work they have been doing and share the committee’s recommendations and where community members will get to learn about the PB process and how it can be implemented right here in Buffalo.
We really hope you can join us! If you have any questions, call our office @ 716.852.3813 or email email@example.com. Join the event on facebook!