Participatory Budgeting

Councilman Sam Liccardo Suggests Participatory Budgeting for Districts

Participatory budgeting is a process gaining traction internationally and here in the Bay Area, as supporters argue that it gives residents a greater feeling of control over their communities. (Photo by tony4carr, via Flickr)

A form of fiscal democracy called “participatory budgeting” that started in Brazil and is slowly gaining traction in the U.S. may soon take hold in San Jose. Councilman Sam Liccardo submitted a proposal to the city Wednesday that asks to set aside $1.05 million from the Essential Services Reserve to fund a pilot program, which would give each of the 10 council districts $100,000 for residents to decide how to spend.

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