Background & History
In his 2015 March budget message, Mayor Sam Liccardo called on San José councilmembers to create a participatory budgeting process where residents can work together to create, discuss, and vote on projects that improve their communities. District 3 took the lead in 2015 and was later joined by District 5 and District 2 in 2016. Councilmember Chappie Jones is looking forward to expanding this program to District 1 this year.
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process that enables community members to decide for themselves how to spend part of a public budget. The community is able to work and engage with the government to make budget decisions that directly impact their lives. Why have Participatory Budgeting? It engages more residents, increases transparency & accountability, educates the public so that we have more active and informed citizens, and contributes to community building and connectedness with the city.
Check out the video below to learn more about Participatory Budgeting in action.
Budget delegates are members of the District 1 community and serve an important role in ensuring transparency, engaging the community, and doing the work necessary to make your ideas into real project proposals.
Resources and additional information will be added here on a continuous basis.