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First city-wide participatory budgeting initiative launched

First city-wide participatory budgeting initiative launched
Mayor Michelle Wu today announced the launch of the "Ideas in Action,” Boston’s first citywide participatory budgeting (PB) initiative open to all Boston

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Boston's Mayor Michelle Wu has announced the launch of the city's first participatory budgeting initiative, "Ideas in Action." This initiative will allow residents to decide how to spend a portion of the city's budget and propose and vote on project ideas to benefit the city. With a total of $2 million allocated, residents can submit project ideas online, call in, visit public libraries or City Hall, and attend in-person idea collection workshops. The initiative aims to engage residents who have historically faced barriers to civic participation. Residents will have the opportunity to vote on their top five project ideas in January 2025, with winning projects being funded and implementation progress shared through an annual report. The Rulebook for the first cycle of the program has been formally adopted, outlining the policies and procedures for the participatory budgeting process. This initiative aims to address barriers for public participation and decision-making in local government, elevate resident-informed project ideas, and bring communities and city government together to foster a collective vision for Boston.